Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) was able to garner another 35 endorsements in his bid to become the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee on Friday, which included support from 10 House members — four from California — and Sen. Tammy Duckworth.
The California representatives backing Ellison include Rep. Maxine Waters, Rep. Ro Khanna, Rep. Jared Huffman, and Rep. Alan Lowenthal.
Rep. Keith Ellison rolls out another 35 endorsements for his DNC Chair bid, including 10 Reps and Sen. Tammy Duckworth. pic.twitter.com/rPZYWoQKMq
— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) November 18, 2016
Ellison, a progressive Democrat and the first Muslim elected to Congress, formally announced his candidacy to become the next chairman of the DNC on Monday. He would be replacing acting DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile, who replaced Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.
Donna Brazile was revealed by emails published by Wikileaks to have fed questions to Hillary Clinton’s team ahead of debates during the 2016 primary election campaign. Brazile has remained as DNC head even after those revelations.
Progressive filmmaker Michael Moore has endorsed Ellison, whom he called “the exact way to go.” Breitbart News has also reported on support for Ellison’s candidacy from New York Senator Sen. Chuck Schumer, Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean announced that he too was running to head up the Democratic Party in a tweet he sent out on November 10. “The dems need organization and focus on the young. Need a fifty State strategy and tech rehab. I am in for chairman again,” he wrote.
The dems need organization and focus on the young. Need a fifty State strategy and tech rehab. I am in for chairman again.
— Howard Dean (@GovHowardDean) November 10, 2016
Dean served as DNC chair during the Bush administration. He also has experience in foriegn policy.
In the midst of both announcements, the “Never Ellison” and “Never Dean” hashtags have emerged over social media:
Just a reminder: Howard Dean gave his superdelegate vote to Clinton against the will of his state. Now he wants to be DNC chair? #NeverDean
— Walker Bragman (@WalkerBragman) November 10, 2016
— Jerry Ramirez (@leftoutside88) November 11, 2016
— 🇺🇸🇱🇲🇽🇶🐙🔥Eliyahu Ben Avraham🔥 (@CrazyNormie) November 14, 2016
— Susi Learn (@EtsiSusi) November 14, 2016
Brazile’s term as interim chair of the DNC ends on February 28, 2017.
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