DFL central committee overwhelmingly votes to endorse Ellison

The 82 percent vote comes a week after abuse allegations emerged

Sloane Martin
August 18, 2018 - 2:38 pm
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After facing allegations of domestic abuse, DFL state attorney general candidate Rep. Keith Ellison has handily earned the party's endorsement.

The Central Committee's vote in Cambridge Saturday was 82 percent. He needed 60 to be endorsed.

Ellison has denied allegations he screamed at and tried to drag former girlfriend Karen Monahan off a bed by her feet and said he will stay in the race.

Delegates were allowed to vote with a written ballot for more privacy. Co-chair Tim O'Brien told delegates that the party can pull the endorsement if new evidence comes to light.

DFL party leaders, including chair Ken Martin, said earlier this week they take allegations of domestic abuse seriously and implored Ellison to face questions about the alleged incident head-on. Ellison took questions from reporters while at a campaign event Friday and 

Ellison doubled down on denying the allegation and shared that, while there may have been some hard feelings after the break up, he and Monahan remained in contact.

"We spoke many, many times after we broke up," he said Friday. "In fact, at the end of May, she was stranded on the highway and needed gasoline and I brought her gasoline. A few days later, she told me she had a problem with a friend of hers and asked me to meet her at a coffee shop in Hopkins and I did that.

A small group of people protested outside the high school Saturday where the meeting was taking place, but he has retained support.

Martin's entire statement on Ellison's endorsement is below:

“Today, members of the DFL State Central Committee endorsed Congressman Keith Ellison for Minnesota Attorney General. Our Party stands with him in his campaign and we look forward to working together to keep this seat.   

“As Attorney General, Keith will be a champion for families and fight to hold powerful interests accountable. With Ellison in place as the People’s Lawyer, voters can trust that their best interests will be priority number one. From predatory landlords, to opioid manufacturers to employers with discriminatory hiring practices, Keith Ellison will ensure all Minnesotans will enjoy a fair economy and equal opportunity.