The Democratic Party has begun their retooling efforts by returning to their liberal grassroots, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has endorsed Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) to be the next DNC chair.
In a statement, Sen. Warren said, “I admire Keith’s values, his grit, and his dedication to making this country work not just for some of our kids but for all of them. I’m proud to support his candidacy for Chair of the Democratic National Committee.”
What was thought by many to be a potentially contentious battle for the leadership of the DNC is looking increasingly like a potential walk over for Rep. Ellison. The Minnesota Democrat has now been endorsed by Warren, Sen. Bernie Sanders, incoming Senate Democratic Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and retiring Democratic Senate Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV). There are other potential Democrats running for the position, like former DNC Chair Gov. Howard Dean, but a consensus appears to be building around Ellison.
The only consistent concern around Rep. Ellison’s candidacy is that the DNC Chair may need to be someone who can devote full-time hours to it.
If Ellison can show Democrats that he can handle both his congressional responsibilities and those that come with being DNC Chair, he appears to be the popular choice among his Democratic colleagues.
An endorsement from such a popular figure on the left like Sen. Warren, and can only help Keith Ellison’s candidacy.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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