Keith Ellison, a Muslim Democrat from Minnesota, has thrown his hat into the ring to become the DNC chairman. Donna Brazile, the woman who took over after disgraced Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, was caught by Wikileaks sneaking the questions to Hillary in advance of the debates. Now they need a new chair, and they promoted a petition that has 250,000 signatures in support of Ellison to do it.
He has picked up around 40 endorsement from heavy Democrat hitters such as out-going Senator Harry Reid. He’s also been endorsed by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
The LA Times reported,
Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota is slowly raking up support from some key figures within the party, such as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and New York Sen. Charles Schumer, who want him to be the next leader, following the party’s humbling presidential loss earlier this week.
Citing more than 250,000 signatures in support of Ellison on a petition posted to his website, Sanders said the congressman is the future of the party.
“The Democratic Party needs to look itself in the mirror and work tirelessly to become once again the party that working people know will work for their interests,” Sanders, who amassed a youthful, liberal following during the Democratic primary, said in a statement. “Keith is one of the most progressive members of Congress, and he was an early supporter of our political revolution.”
According to Fox News, Rep Ellison is a left-winger who has had ties to Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam. Though he distanced himself from the anti-Semitic rhetoric of the group, he still was part of it for a period of time.
Part of the issue here is coming from Trump’s choice of Breitbart Boss Steve Bannon as his chief strategist. The left views him as propagating “Muslim conspiracy theories.” So they want someone to ‘counter’ that view.
Ellison’s 2006 run for his seat was plunged into controversy after the conservative PowerLineBlog.com found he had once identified with Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam and in 1998 was referring to himself as Keith X Ellison and Keith Ellison-Muhammed.
The Washington Post reported that Ellison had defended Farrakhan against accusations of anti-Semitism in 1989 and in 1990 had called affirmative action a “sneaky” form of compensation for slavery, calling instead for reparations.
At the risk of sounding Islamophobic, Keith Ellison is not particularly ‘moderate.’ According to Jihadwatch, CAIR has raised money for his elections, and he has spoken for their organization, as well as the Muslim American Society and the Islamic Society of North America. He has also spoken to several other Muslim groups that also have ties to jihadists, according to the Middle East Forum.