Earlier I suggested that the Minnesota Independent should have confirmed with Keith Ellison that he had supported the Minnesota Teen Challlenge earmark. Andy Birkey from Minnesota Independent responded in Lloydletta comments:
Andy Birkey said...
Both Klobuchar's office and MNTC told me independently that Ellison requested the earmark. And Ellison's people regularly read MnIndy and suggest corrections/updates when needed.
I would have loved to have followed up more on this, but as the only reporter in the Twin Cities focusing on GLBT/Reproductive Health/Religious Right issues, as well as maintaining my own blog, and a full time job working on the health of the LGBT community, sometimes the small things get passed up.
This suggests a need for some follow up on the story. Keith Ellison expressed irritation that Amy Klobuchar had brought him into this story, rather than defending her position on the earmark. It's notable that he didn't straight out deny supporting the earmark, stating instead that he would check into it.