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Ellison heads to DFL meeting for endorsement

Congressman denies abuse claims, won't leave race for AG

August 18, 2018 - 9:49 am

Minnesota's DFL central committee meets Saturday in Cambridge, and Congressman Keith Ellison is among those attending.

He's looking for the party's endorsement in his run for Minnesota attorney general after defeating four others in Tuesday's primary election.

Among those failing to beat Ellison in the primary was Mett Pelikan, who won the endorsement at the DFL party convention.

Ellison jumped into the race after the convention, where attorney general Lori Swanson announced plans to run instead for governor.

Since winning the primary, Ellison continues to deny allegations that he abused a former girlfriend, and told WCCO radio that he is not withdrawing from the race.

The National Organization for Women wants him to drop out.

Ellison  met with campaign volunteers at North Commons in Minneapolis Friday before they went door knocking to talk with voters.

Several women were there, expressing their support.

Candy Matzke, nurse with the Minnesota Nurse's Association

"Everybody has their view. Everybody has their kaleidoscope. I don't know this woman. I know Keith. I have a nurses gut. I have known him for over 27 years and this is not who Keith is."

Antoinette Giovanni, with the Service Employees International Union

 "I totally believe in this man," she said. "I don't believe at the last moment somebody comes up this close to the election to do this."

Sherry Lackey, with SEIU

"Why does someone come by two days before the election and do this."  

Masra Ahmed, with SEIU

"I don't believe he is abusive. He has a wonderful heart and he is here for everyone."

The DFL Party is also expected to give its endorsment to Tim Walz for governor.

Walz won Tuesday's three-way primary, defeating Erin Murphy, who was endorsed during the party convention.