Calling it a way for Progressives to get their voice heard in Washington politics, Rep. Keith Ellison's campaign is asking constituents to send in their reactions to President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech on Tuesday night.
“Rep. Ellison’s campaign wants to engage with voters and give them an opportunity to make their voices heard,” said campaign manager Will Hailer.
Ellison is asking constituents to tweet him with their thoughts or submit comments using an online form.
For his part, Ellison praised the President's speech.
“President Obama delivered a vision tonight for an America in which, as my hero, Minnesotan Paul Wellstone said, ‘We all do better when we all do better,’” Rep. Ellison said in a written statement. “The President believes that everyone deserves a fair shake; that everyone deserves a shot at the American Dream; that everyone should pay their fair share, not just the middle class; and that we all do better when we all do better, not just the 1%."
Everett Pettiford, a Minneapolis native and 40-year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, joined Ellison in the House chambers. Pettiford was the first black Business Representative and Financial Secretary for IBEW Local 292.