Keith Ellison deletes 'Nothing like coke addicted James Brown to close GOP convention' tweet [UPDATE]

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Ellison made light of the Godfather of Soul's performance enhancing drug of choice.
SEE ALSO: Keith Ellison retweets message calling Mitt Romney "douchebag," claims it was accident

The world was introduced to Eastwooding, Mitt delivered his speech, and the GOP convention wrapped up last night to the sounds of James Brown's 1985 hit, "Living in America."

Nothing too out of the norm there, but U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (or one of his staffers) apparently couldn't resist the urge to go "behind the music," and in so doing, get the congressman in some hot water.

Here's what Ellison tweeted as Mitt and his family paraded around the stage to the funky sounds of the Godfather of Soul:
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The tweet was deleted after just one minute, but that was long enough to create a shitstorm. One Chris Fields supporter offered up this reaction:Meanwhile, Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, speculated about Ellison's motivation for deleting the ill-considered tweet:Minutes later, Ellison's official Twitter account provided a Keith-didn't-do-it explanation:The staffer hasn't yet identified him- or herself despite requests to do so.

This isn't the first time Ellison finds himself taking heat for a Romney-related Twitter gaffe. In April, the congressman retweeted a message calling Mitt Romney "A heartless douchebag who doesn't like animals or small children." Ellison's communications director later claimed the retweet was accidental.

Whatever the case, we find it hard to get too riled up over the "James Brown was a cokehead" tweet. After all, without a little performance enhancement, how else would one of the funkiest people to ever grace the planet have been able to pull off his legendary dance-until-you-drop performances? And here's a factoid we bit you didn't know -- Brown, a black man from the south, was actually a staunch, lifelong Republican.

:: UPDATE ::

This morning, Ellison himself hopped on Twitter (at least, we presume it was Ellison himself) and addressed his latest social media fiasco.So apparently, the funkiness of James Brown is one of the few things Republicans and Democrats can agree on.



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13 comments
PCP_user
PCP_user

What he stated was a matter-of-fact. Who gives even half a shit about the James Brown reference? Let's start with me. Grow a pair, all of you!

bigsound530
bigsound530

I don't care who sent it. It was pretty trashy.

jeremiahsuttons
jeremiahsuttons

"Also, I would never denigrate anyone in recovery." This is great. But apparently his staffers would.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

Stay classy Keith.. (and staff).

jeremiahsuttons
jeremiahsuttons

And Keith does have a twitter account specifically for the campaign. Why wouldn't a staffer use that?

jeremiahsuttons
jeremiahsuttons

I love that Ellison was just commenting on the need for greater civility in politics. Very classy.

nordeastaj
nordeastaj

Its really pathetic that I'm no longer surprised by Ellison's antics. Silly me for think that a congressman should conduct himself with dignity and respect.

CRZ.
CRZ.

Is "in recovery" code for "dead?"

Angela Vig
Angela Vig

there is no way James Brown would endorse them. ugh.

Matt Hoiland
Matt Hoiland

Various batshit elements on the Right all but call Ellison a traitor and a terrorist and he can't call Mitt Romney a douchebag, even in a retweet? Where's the justice in that?

mark.gisleson
mark.gisleson

James Brown came from a time when many African Americans were Republicans. After all, it was the party of Lincoln that freed the slaves.

 

Sadly, Brown and Sammy Davis Jr. and others were used by Richard Nixon to mask the GOP's efforts to bring the racist South into the Republican party. It's not surprising that Romney's RNC chose to exploit Brown one last time, especially given all the code talk and race baiting going down in Tampa.

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