Bernie Sanders: Rep. Keith Ellison for DNC Chair

Rep-Keith-Ellison-photoBernie Sanders wasted no post-election time advancing a progressive agenda in the Trump era when he endorsed Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison to chair the Democratic National Committee. Ellison, a progressive champion who was an early Sanders supporter, would mark a considerable change in leadership compared to the tenure of former DNC Chair, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Sanders, who didn’t rule out a 2018 reelection bid to his Vermont Senate seat, said the Democratic Party needs to decide on its identity:

“You cannot be a party which on one hand says we’re in favor of working people, we’re in favor of the needs of young people but we don’t quite have the courage to take on Wall Street and the billionaire class. People do not believe that. You’ve got to decide which side you’re on.”

Ellison will certainly field questions about Sanders’ endorsement tonight as he joins Robert Reich and Congresswoman-elect Pramila Jayapal for a DFA Live Election Debrief conference call at 8 p.m. Click here for details.

Personally, I can’t think of a better choice. Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, did a lot of heavy housing work in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, which was hit particularly hard by the foreclosure crisis. I was fortunate enough to interview him about the housing crisis in and around Minneapolis a few years back. He’d be an outstanding leader of my party.

Comments (2)

  1. marshwren

    Which is precisely why the Clinton-owned and -operated DNC will never pick him. The personal loyalty of the Party apparatus and the bureaucrats who manage it is such, it’s far more likely anyone tainted by association with Sanders, BLM, environmentalism, anti-fracking, etc. will be purged from the ranks. As i’ve been saying for nearly fifty years, the Democratic Party is where good ideas go to be euthanized; while the Republican Party is where bad ideas go to receive eternal life.

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  2. Bertin Lefkovic

    I love the idea of Ellison as DNC Chair, but when I think about how critical it is to be able to win state legislatures in 2020 so that the House can be redistricted back into some degree of competitiveness, I cannot help but think that Dean’s experience and track record makes him better suited for the task at hand.

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