Keith Ellison explains why he jumped into the AG race — against a fellow Dem

 Ellison filed the paperwork to run for the office on Tuesday

Adam Carter
June 06, 2018 - 4:23 pm

(Photo by Anthony Souffle/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS/Sipa USA)

Keith Ellison explained his sudden run for state attorney general on WCCO Radio today. 

 Ellison filed the paperwork to run for the office on Tuesday, after current Attorney General Lori Swanson announced she was running for governor.

WCCO's Chad Hartman asked Ellison if he would have run for attorney general had Swanson stayed in the race.

"No, because then she would have done what she said she was going to do.  She told us back in January that she was running for reelection as attorney general.  If she continues to pursue that, then I'm still in Congress," Ellison said. 

Instead, Ellison will not seek reelection to his Fifth District seat.  That has opened the door to many other candidates, including Ellison's ex-wife, Kim, as well as former Minnesota House Speaker Margaret Anderson-Kelliher, and Julie Sabo, daughter of Martin Olav Sabo, who held that Congressional seat for nearly three decades.  

Hartman asked if Keith Ellison was dismissing the endorsement process by jumping into the race after the DFL endorsed a candidate, lawyer Matt Pelikan.

"I would have been in that delegate race, if I would have been given the information that was accurate - which is that our attorney general will be running for governor.  If that was the information that I had I would have been in that race."

Ellison also says he'll remain vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee should he be elected attorney general.

Listen to the full interview here: