Keith Ellison says he is considering stepping down from the DNC

 "I need to put 100% of my time, energy and resources into the race and my office, so it is something I am considering."

Susie Jones
October 03, 2018 - 1:04 pm

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Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison told WCCO Radio that he's reconsidering his position with the DNC as he continues to fight to back allegations of abuse

Keith Ellison is running for Minnesota Attorney General and has been defending himself against accusations made by his ex-girlfriend, Karen Monahan, that he physically and emotionally abused her in 2016.  During an interview Wednesday with Dave Lee on the Morning News, he said he is considering stepping down from his position as co-chair of the Democratic National Committee,

"You know, I've been evaluating that recently so we'll see," Ellison said. "I need to put 100% of my time, energy and resources into the race and my office, so it is something I am considering."

Ellison also responded to an internal report by attorney Susan Ellingstad, who was hired by the Minnesota DFL party to look into the allegations.

"Look the DFL wasn't trying to look out for me, it was just looking out for itself to make sure that its brand was strong," he said.

Listen to the full interview here:

The report found the claim was unsubstantiated.  It is now in the hands of local authorities, who could look into the allegations further.  But that could be complicated because Minneapolis attorney Susan Segal said she couldn't look into it because Ellison's son sits on the city council and it would be a conflict.  She then asked Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom to look at the case. He agreed but said he would only do it if it was referred to him by police.

Andrew Parker, the attorney representing Karen Monahan, told WCCO's Paul Douglas, and Jordana Green that his client isn't going to file a police report, "I haven't talked to her but I can tell you, this is not about throwing Keith Ellison in jail," Parker said.

"This whole matter is about giving voice to women, giving voice to abuse victims," he added. 

Parker does have connections to Ellison's challenger Doug Wardlow.

"People are going to say that I am politically motivated because Doug Wardlow used to work for me.  I'm not ashamed by that. He is an excellent lawyer."

Parker was surprised by the outcome of the report, citing evidence to back the accusations.  He the attorney doing the investigation didn't consider both the physical and the emotional abuse.

There is allegedly a video of an incident, where Ellison is said to be dragging Monahan off of a bed during a fight in 2016, "I have not seen the video," said Parker. In fact, he said he has yet to meet her in person, but he maintains that his client doesn't want this to be about the video.