Lampson to Build on the Support of Muslims

November 27, 2006

Author: Armando Villafranca

Source: Muslim American Society Press Release

The Muslim-American community in Houston should know that there will be someone who will listen in the offices of the 22nd Congressional District, U.S. Rep.-elect Nick Lampson said Saturday.

Lampson, who will take over Tom DeLay's former seat in January, said he has never had as large an electoral base in any previous election as he had recently.

He attributed some of that to the Muslim community, which he courted by visiting mosques, homes of religious leaders and neighborhood meetings.

"This is the largest Muslim-American community that I've been engaged with in any election before," he said.

"My goal was to let them know me so that they would gain a level of confidence that they'd be comfortable in voting for me and I believe I won that confidence."

Lampson spoke Saturday at the Muslim American Society and Islamic Circle of North America's third South Regional Conference, "Islam 2006: Restructuring the Mind and Enlightening the Heart," at the Grand Plaza Hotel.