Ellison considering leaving DNC post

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Rep. Keith Ellison

Ellison may leave DNC post. The Washington Post’s Felicia Sonmez reports:Rep. Keith Ellison said Wednesday that he is mulling whether he will continue in his position as deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, an announcement that comes as the Minnesota lawmaker faces accusations that he abused his former girlfriend.”

Also in Ellison news. The Duluth News Tribune’s Brady Slater reports: “The Itasca County DFL based in Grand Rapids canceled a Keith Ellison campaign meet-and-greet this week amid safety concerns, the party told the News Tribune on Wednesday. The Democratic-Farmer-Labor party unit said Twitter appeals by an alt-right activist to protest the scheduled Tuesday event forced them to scrub the event.”

Gotta like their odds. The Star Tribune’s Janet Moore reports: “Just one bidder remains in the effort to build the $2 billion Southwest light-rail line, the most-expensive public works project in state history. … The Metropolitan Council said Wednesday the lone bidder is Lunda/C.S. McCrossan, which bid $799 million to build the 14.5-mile linking downtown Minneapolis to Eden Prairie. Ames/Kraemer, which bid $812 million, has apparently dropped out of the running, Met Council spokeswoman Kate Brickman said.”

So noted. The Southwest Journal’s Nate Gotlieb reports: “A prominent North Side parent and at-large Minneapolis School Board candidate apologized this past month for disparaging Facebook posts about gay marriage and people who identify as transgender. … Sharon El-Amin said in a Sept. 25 statement that she apologizes for causing any hurt, pain or disrespect because of her posts. She said that her intention does not matter and that what matters is the impact of her actions toward those who identify as LGBTQ, intersex or asexual.”

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Pat Terry on 10/04/2018 - 02:38 pm.

    Ellison should be out of his DNC post as soon as possible. Thank god he didn’t get the head job.

  2. Submitted by Curtis Senker on 10/04/2018 - 06:31 pm.

    From the link
    “A source with the Itasca DFL later confirmed it was worried about tweets from Laura Loomer, who targeted the embattled Ellison in several recent tweets.”

    So, a woman ran Ellison off. Poetic justice? Oh yeah, it is.

  3. Submitted by Solly Johnson on 10/05/2018 - 05:10 am.

    Who cares what the corporate DNC does. The DNC after stating it would refuse to take fossil fuel money reversed position and now is like the GOP in taking cash from anybody who offers it. Tom Perez, a corporate shill, recently announced that they would continue to financially back anybody who voted for Kavanaugh. So much for an “opposition party.”

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