Mary Tan, WCCO, Nov 16,2006
(WCCO) Sen. Satveer Chaudhary, a practicing Hindu, was re-elected in District 50 last week on the Democratic ticket, netting 63 percent of the vote. But rather than placing a call to concede the race, his Republican opponent Rae Hart Anderson instead offered him an e-mail concession that he said read like an attempt to convert his religious beliefs.
"To get a sermon is definitely a surprise," said Chaudhary.
In her e-mail, Anderson congratulated the senator first, but then went on to add, "It is my sincere wish that you'll get to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior."
The message continued, "God waits to be gracious to each person that knows they need to be forgiven. Do you? I think you do. "
"When I read it I just shook my head," said Chaudhary. "This just sums up the type of campaign voters were rejecting."
Anderson's car was still filled with her campaign signs. WCCO-TV tried to contact Anderson Thursday, even coming out to her Shoreview, Minn. home, but she never returned our calls. Later in the afternoon, Anderson's former campaign manager, Barbara Black, told us Anderson wrote the e-mail because "Chaudhary is not Christian, and he needs to find his soul."
Despite her e-mail, the Senator said he has faith in his constituents, and the tenor of Anderson's e-mail only confirms his belief in their will.
"I know I'm going to be attacked. If that's all they got, my ethnicity, I must be doing OK for the voters," he said.
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