U.S. Rep. Andre Carson showed up Saturday night at a home in this affluent Columbus, Ohio, suburb as a candidate among strangers. He left with some of the best friends a freshman congressman could have.
About 40 Muslims from Ohio and across the country came to talk with Carson, D-Indianapolis, over tacos and refried beans.
Just after sunset, with the evening sky aglow behind him, Carson stood on the patio to tell the group about the importance of Muslims being engaged in politics.
"This is a new day today," Carson said. "This is a day to be proud as Americans and as Muslims."
The crowd, heavy with professionals and Ivy League grads, then opened their checkbooks for Carson's campaign to the tune of more than $10,000.
It was a fitting end to a day that might come to be seen as the moment when a new "Muslim political machine" mobilized in America. (MORE)