Top Democrats quiet on Ellison accusations

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Rep. Keith Ellison

At The Huffington Post, Daniel Marans says, “All but a few prominent Democrats and progressive groups have stayed silent on an ex-girlfriend’s allegations of domestic abuse against Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, a progressive leader and deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee running for the state’s attorney general. Their reticence to speak reflects a desire to see more evidence before judging his guilt, rather than an interest in shielding him from scrutiny, top progressives said privately. The DNC, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Our Revolution and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who led calls for the resignation of then-Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), declined requests for comment. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Credo Action, Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Chairman Ken Martin and spokespeople for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a key Ellison ally, did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s inquiries.”

At MPR, Briana Bierschbach says, “The former girlfriend accusing DFL Congressman Keith Ellison of physical abuse said she never intended for the public to know about an alleged video that captured the abuse and she doesn’t plan to release it. The video and what it shows has become a focal point as Ellison tries to refute a single incident of alleged domestic abuse just one day before a critical election. Ellison has denied the accusation and says no video exists. Karen Monahan, Ellison’s former girlfriend, says there is video, but for several reasons, she won’t make it public.”

Also at The Huffington Post, Kevin Robillard reports, “The Wisconsin Republican Party is attacking one of the leading Democrats challenging incumbent Gov. Scott Walker, arguing her opposition to a major development deal with the Taiwanese technology manufacturer Foxconn is hypocritical because she backed a separate financing deal in the state six years ago. The GOP is zeroing in on legislation for a tax-increment financing deal that then-state Rep. Kelda Roys pushed in 2012. … The $3 billion Foxconn deal, which would create an estimated 13,000 jobs at a manufacturing plant in Racine County, has become a major issue in this year’s governor’s race. The deal is unpopular in public opinion polling, especially in rural parts of the state, but is supported by both Walker and President Donald Trump.”

At NBC News, we get this from Chuck Todd, Mark Murray and Carrie Dann: “Minnesota, which holds its primary contests on Tuesday, might not feature the buzziest Senate race, the No. 1 gubernatorial matchup or the most talked-about House contests for this November. But it holds the distinction of hosting the MOST notable contests — up and down the ballot — we’ll see for any one state in 2018, especially for its size.”

Better late than never? Jon Bream writes in the Star Tribune: “After many rumors over the years of possibly recognizing the state’s most famous musician who never attended college, the University of Minnesota is finally going to officially present Prince with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree on Sept. 26. … President Eric Kaler and Regent Darrin Rosha will deliver the degree to Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson. Students from the U’s School of Music will perform a tribute to Prince.”

Big Day. The Star Tribune’s James Walsh writes: “New trash carts are rolling into St. Paul. Starting Monday and running through the next six weeks or so, the city will deliver 74,000 new garbage carts to property owners. The delivery is part of the city’s Citywide Garbage Services, to begin Oct. 1. All residential properties with up to four units will receive a new cart.”

For the Strib, Lee Svitak Dean writes, “Rodale Books has stopped production and distribution of “Tales from a Forager’s Kitchen,” by Minnesota author/blogger Johnna Holmgren (foxmeetsbear.com) because of potentially dangerous misinformation on eating certain raw wild items, specifically mushrooms and elderberries. Holmgren, who lives in the woods in Washington County, has a wide following on social media, particularly Instagram where she has more than 130,000 followers. Her book was published in May. BuzzFeed first wrote about the issue on Aug. 1, in an article detailing the concerns of health experts, as well as highlighting critical comments from foragers that appeared on Amazon’s reviews of the book.”

CNN has this story out of the Mayo Clinic. “One winter afternoon last year, Duane Engebretson sat in his stepdaughter’s hospital room at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, trying to figure out how she could escape. Alyssa Gilderhus, 18 and a senior in high school, had been a patient at Mayo for about two months, ever since having a ruptured brain aneurysm on Christmas Day. Mayo neurosurgeons saved her life, but she and her parents were unhappy with the care she was receiving in the rehabilitation unit, and they say they repeatedly asked for her to be transferred. But they say Mayo refused to let her transfer to another hospital, even after a lawyer wrote a letter asking Mayo to make the arrangements.”

At MPR, Ron Trenda says, “Our Monday afternoon high in the metro area was a full 65 degrees warmer than our average high temp just four months from now. Short term, there’ll be no need for mittens. Highs will be in the 70s across much of Minnesota on Tuesday, with some 80s in the Twin Cities metro area and points to the south and southeast … . We have a chance of rain in the forecast. Scattered showers and an isolated thunderstorm could spread across parts of northern Minnesota overnight this Monday night, then into central and southern Minnesota on Tuesday.  Lingering scattered showers/isolated thunderstorms are possible in southeastern Minnesota Tuesday night and Wednesday.”

Stribber Miguel Otarola reports, “Hennepin County residents facing deportation could soon get legal help from Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid if they can’t afford an attorney. A $275,000 contract with the county, being considered Tuesday, would link the nonprofit’s attorneys with residents undergoing deportation proceedings in immigration court. A portion of the contract — $25,000 — would go toward creating materials in different languages that inform foreign-born inmates of their rights when they are booked into county jail. … The County Board approved the fund in December on a divided vote and sought partners to handle the legal services.”

Comments (10)

  1. Submitted by James Hamilton on 08/14/2018 - 09:02 am.

    Perhaps a Prince scholarship to study music

    would be a more meaningful way of recognizing his talents. A posthumous honorary ph.d is easy and really benefits no one.

  2. Submitted by Pat Terry on 08/14/2018 - 10:33 am.

    Video

    He denies it. The texts released don’t indicate any abuse. She says she’s got a video, but won’t release it.

    This whole thing stinks.

  3. Submitted by Susan Maricle on 08/14/2018 - 11:39 am.

    MinnPost, keep following this story.

    Someone mentioned an earlier MinnPost story about Mike Hatch’s influence in the DFL. That Debra Hilstrom is a protegee, and that Hatch was the actual head of the AG office when another of his protegees, Swanson, held the office.

    Why did the son tag Debra Hilstrom in his original post?

    What did the son, if anything, receive in return?

    Something stinks here, but it’s not what the accuser wants us to believe.

  4. Submitted by James Hamilton on 08/14/2018 - 11:41 am.

    It’s a shame

    that the allegations against Ellison were not made public weeks ago. As it stands, Monahan’s statements and the information she has released have done nothing to substantiate or dispel the allegations. Frankly, I didn’t intend to vote for him, so it’s had no effect on that. It may, however, affect the votes of many. Whether or not it skews the election, there may always be the perception that it did should he win, a perception that will only raise the profile of the GOP candidate for AG.

    For those who would say I should simply accept the allegations: that’s contrary to my training and 30 years in law. As the Doors sang, “people are strange”. I’ve seen stranger things than Monahan alleges and stranger things than Monahan’s actions if she is lying.

  5. Submitted by David Houle on 08/14/2018 - 12:16 pm.

    Rep. Ellison

    I find it curious that the Democrats are so quiet on this. If this were Jason Lewis, they would be screaming for his head. Mirrors the support (or lack of criticism/courage) the Republicans have regarding President Trump.

    I guess we all have more in common after all…

    • Submitted by Brian Gandt on 08/15/2018 - 09:27 am.

      Not Usually

      Yes, the are quiet on this, but Dems have been easily more consistent overall in condemning this type of behavior.

  6. Submitted by Mike martin on 08/14/2018 - 12:38 pm.

    Taxpayer money to prevent deportation??

    Why is Hennepin County spending taxpayer money prevent illegal aliens from being deported??

    Much better use of this money would be: job training for people who have been long-term unemployed, bus cards to help people get to jobs, micro loans to help people start small businesses or get a car fixed so they can get to work or pay medical bills Etc

  7. Submitted by Kathie Noga on 08/14/2018 - 06:09 pm.

    allegations and Ellison

    One of the reasons is because the woman has refused to put out the video even though she says the video exists. You do have to wonder in this case. Also his ex-wife, Kim, says this would be out of character for him. She is a very honest person and would tell the truth. She lived with him the longest and would know him the most of any one. It is questionable considering these points, which the news does not always put across very well. MPR put Kim Ellison’s statement on the air, but I have not heard that in other places. I think this is important. I personally know Kim and she is a person with integrity and I think what she said is important.

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