Bernie Sanders Throws Weight Behind Congressman Keith Ellison for DNC Chair
Congressman Keith Ellison, a Democrat from Minnesota and the first-ever Muslim elected to Congress, seems to be gaining steam in a race for Democratic National Committee Chair that he hasn't officially joined.
Despite his lack of an official declaration, the idea of Ellison as DNC Chair has been warmly received as Senators Elizabeth Warren, Chuck Schumer, and Bernie Sanders made supportive statements today.
I donated a few dollars to Keith Ellison's 2016 re-election campaign because he stood with Bernie Sanders early and always seems to be on the right side of issues. He predicted that Trump could be unstoppable in July 2015 and the media literally laughed at him.
Congressman Ellison is the kind of progressive desperately needed atop the Democratic Party.
Here is an excerpt from a letter Senator Bernie Sanders sent to supporters today:
The declining middle class is sick and tired of establishment economics, establishment politics, and the establishment media. People are tired of working longer hours for lower wages, of seeing decent paying jobs go to China and other low-wage countries, of billionaires not paying any federal income taxes, and of not being able to afford a college education for their kids - all while the very rich become much richer.
Voters know these problems — yet they chose Donald Trump as their next president. That means 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.
That's why I believe that Rep. Keith Ellison is the right person to lead the Democratic National Committee.
Keith is one of the most progressive members of Congress, and he was an early supporter of our political revolution. He is a co-chair of the House Progressive Caucus, a strong believer in grassroots politics, and someone who would be enormously effective in leading the Democratic Party against President Donald Trump.
If you agree that Keith Ellison should be the next Chair of the Democratic National Committee, add your name to mine. We'll deliver a letter to DNC members to show the tremendous support for Keith.
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