Venomous anti-Trump Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) has made it official: He’s retiring from Congress in an attempt to become Minnesota’s next attorney general – and one of America’s most liberal.
Mike Lillis, of The Hill, reports:
Ellison, a six-term liberal and deputy director of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), filed the paperwork in Minneapolis to enter the state AG race just a few hours before Tuesday’s 5 p.m. deadline.
He’s running to replace the current attorney general, Lori Swanson, whose bid for a fourth term was sunk on Saturday, when she failed to secure the nomination at her party’s state convention.
At the DNC, Ellison was viewed as the voice of the Bernie Sanders wing of a Democratic Party that’s still licking its wounds from a disastrous 2016 cycle, when the internal divisions between Sen. Sanders (I-Vt.) and Hillary Clinton strained the party and helped President Trump win the White House.
Perez and Ellison appeared to be unified in the effort to help the Democrats rebound in this year’s midterm elections. But tensions were reportedly simmering behind the scenes, reaching a boiling point last month when Perez endorsed New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo over his more liberal primary challenger, the actress Cynthia Nixon.
Ellison’s decision leaves the desperately underfunded DNC scrambling to find a new second-in-command mere months before the crucial Midterm elections.