DFL committee endorses Ellison amid abuse allegation

Published 8:30 am Monday, August 20, 2018


MINNEAPOLIS — Despite an allegation of domestic abuse, Minnesota Democrats continue to stand behind Rep. Keith Ellison and his bid for attorney general.

Democratic-Farmer-Labor party chairman Ken Martin says in a statement that the group’s central committee endorsed Ellison on Saturday, despite calls to quit the race, including from the National Organization for Women.

Martin says Ellison “will be a champion for families and fight to hold powerful interests accountable.”

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Ellison won the Democratic primary on Tuesday and just days after a former girlfriend accused him of sending threatening texts and dragging her off a bed.

Ellison has denied the allegation, and says a supposed video of the attack does not exist.