Bernie 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.