The Far Left Democrat Party going even farther Left via Rep. Keith Ellison

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The Far Left Democrat Party going even farther Left via Rep. Keith Ellison

Redacted from an article  BY SETH MCLAUGH­LIN

The Washington Times

Rep. Keith El­li­son, the Min­nesota Demo­crat seek­ing to be the next leader of the DNC, is once again be­ing dogged by ac­cu­sa­tions of past anti-Semitism and black na­tion­al­ism that haunted his 2006 cam­paign, which saw him be­come the first Mus­lim elected to Congress.

It’s like deja vu for Rep. Keith El­li­son. More than a decade after he per­suaded Min­nesota vot­ers to look be­yond his con­tro­ver­sial past and re­ward him with a seat in Congress. Mr. El­li­son is now ask­ing na­tional Democrats to do the same as he seeks to lead their party.

The first Mus­lim elected to Congress, Mr. El­li­son is now run­ning to lead the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee when the party will at­tempt to re­build in the wake of yet an­other elec­tion spank­ing. But the con­gress­man’s bid has been com­pli­cated by ques­tions about his views on Louis Far­rakhan, the pol­i­tics of Is­rael and black na­tion­al­ism.

Writ­ing un­der the name Keith Hakim, Mr. El­li­son penned col­umns while at the Univer­sity of Min­nesota Law School in which he de­fended Na­tion of Is­lam chief Mr. Far­rakhan against ac­cu­sa­tions of be­ing a racist and an anti-Semite.

Mr. El­li­son also said a sep­a­rate black state might be a bet­ter op­tion for black Amer­i­cans than af­fir­ma­tive ac­tion.

Ad­di­tion­ally, he’s faced crit­i­cism for the lead role he played as a mem­ber of a Black Law Stu­dents As­so­ci­a­tion, invit­ing black na­tion­al­ist speak­ers to the Univer­sity of Min­nesota — events that drew op­po­si­tion from cam­pus groups rep­re­sent­ing Jewish, women and gay and les­bian stu­dents.

Joshua Wirtschafter, who led the Jewish as­so­ci­a­tion at the time, says he saw Mr. El­li­son more as a de­fender of free speech rights than a backer of the speak­ers’ sep­a­ratist views. “Even in that pe­riod, he did not en­dorse the anti-Semitic mes­sages of black na­tion­al­ist speak­ers,”

“I think the man should be judged in his 30s and 40s and early 50s, rather than his ex­plo­ration in his 20s of black na­tion­al­ism,” he said. “I saw Keith try out the big firm lawyer role, I saw him try­ing out the black na­tion­al­ist role, and nei­ther of them fit him.”
In­stead, Mr. El­li­son cut a ca­reer path that saw him take over as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Le­gal Rights Cen­ter, a non­profit group that pro­vides le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tion for poor peo­ple. He won his seat in Congress in 2006.

For a DNC strug­gling to fig­ure out how it lost an elec­tion that ap­peared, ear­lier this year, to be sewn up, Mr. El­li­son of­fers a back-to-ba­sics ap­proach. He says the party needs to em­power lo­cal ac­tivists and par­ties and drive a pro­gres­sive agenda that res­onates with the work­ing-class vot­ers that ditched Democrats in the 2016 elec­tion.

He has called for ex­pand­ing So­cial Se­cu­rity, rais­ing the min­i­mum wage to $15 per hour, pro­tect­ing vot­ing rights for unions, de­crim­i­nal­iz­ing mar­i­juana, coun­ter­ing cli­mate change criticism, stand­ing up for il­le­gal im­mi­grants, in­creas­ing taxes on the rich and strength­en­ing col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing for union and la­bor groups.

(Huh! The above are all the things most of us do no want and that is why we voted for Trump. Maybe, like Barack Obama, Ellison thinks he just has to be more effective in presenting the message rather than the content itself?)
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The field also in­cludes New Hamp­shire Demo­cratic Party Chair­man Ray Buck­ley, South Carolina Demo­cratic Party Chair­man Jaime Har­ri­son and Sec­re­tary of La­bor Thomas E. Perez, who was urged to en­ter the race in part be­cause of con­cerns over Mr. El­li­son’s past and lib­eral lean­ings.

The Min­nesota con­gress­man has al­ready earned the sup­port of some of his party’s big­gest names, in­clud­ing Sen. El­iz­a­beth War­ren, in­com­ing Se­nate Mi­nor­ity Leader Charles E. Schumer and Sen. Bernard San­ders, who ran for Democrats’ pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion this year.
Two dozen mem­bers of the House, ac­tivist group MoveOn.org and pow­er­ful la­bor unions are also back­ing his bid.

(These recommenders constitute damn good reasons not to have the Democrat Party back in power and return to the disaster Barack Obama created) jsk

Ellison’s mo­men­tum, how­ever, has been slowed by his ini­tial re­luc­tance to make clear he would give up his con­gres­sional seat to be a full-time chair­man, and by warn­ings from the Anti-Defama­tion League over his lack of sup­port for Is­rael.

Oth­ers have noted that Mr. El­li­son helped lead a march in Min­nesota in re­sponse to the 1992 Rod­ney King verdict, telling the Min­nesota Star Tri­bune: “Black peo­ple do not live un­der democ­racy. You don’t have an obli­ga­tion to obey a gov­ern­ment that con­sid­ers you to be less hu­man.”

Mr. El­li­son was born in Detroit and grad­u­ated from Wayne State Univer­sity, where he con­verted from Catholi­cism to Is­lam, be­fore mov­ing to Min­neapo­lis for law school.

Mr. El­li­son en­tered the Min­nesota leg­is­la­ture in 2002 and made a name for him­self as a cham­pion on en­vi­ron­men­tal, la­bor and voter rights is­sues, said Rep. Frank Horn­stein, who en­tered at the same time and sat next to Mr. El­li­son in the state House chamber.

The ques­tions about Mr. El­li­son’s views on Mr. Far­rakhan sur­faced when he ran for Congress in 2006, and he tried to put them be­hind him by telling the Jewish Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions Coun­cil that “I should have come to that con­clu­sion that they were anti-Semitic ear­lier than I did.” “I re­gret that I didn’t,” he said.

(The chameleon-like characteristics of politicians are always amusing and terrifying to observe. How easily politicians shed past awful positions to please the current circumstance and audience. And, I don’t believe a word Ellison now says.)  jsk

II  There will be Democrat Party Forum in Detroit, Feb 4, 2017 with 10 possible candidates for Democrat Party Chairman

“The Democratic Party welcomes all Americans from all backgrounds. What we do not welcome is people discriminating against others based on who they are or how they worship,” interim Chairwoman Donna Brazile said in a statement to The Hill.

(You may remember that Donna Brazile, anchored one of the Hillary Clinton debates  and  is not apologizing for leaking CNN debate questions and topics to the Hillary Clinton campaign during the Democratic primary. Her only regret, it seems, is that she got caught.)

CNN has dropped her as an analyst but the Democrat Party has no such reservations. She thus completes the group of nefarious characters mentioned above who are in the camp of Keith Ellison)

Ellison and former Labor Secretary Tom Perez are viewed as the favorites to be the next DNC chair. Those two and five other candidates — New Hampshire Democratic Chairman Ray Buckley, South Carolina Chairman Jaime Harrison, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former DNC official Jehmu Greene and Idaho Democratic official Sally Boynton Brown — have participated in all of the DNC’s Future Forum events at cities across the country.

The official field of candidates will likely narrow by Feb. 21, when the contenders are required to submit petitions signed by 20 DNC members.

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