Keith Ellison’s hope and dream of becoming Minnesota’s next attorney general appear to be evaporating. The latest poll in that race shows Ellison down in a big way—he’s losing to Republican Doug Wardlow 43-36 percent. The Star Tribune/MPR News poll shows a significant drop-off for Ellison in the wake of allegations of domestic abuse. A poll just last month showed Ellison up over Wardlow 41-36 percent.
Keith Ellison claims his ex-wife was abusive. According to court filings from 2015, a reason the Minnesota Democrat and former spouse Kim Ellison got divorced was that she repeatedly physically abused him during their 25-year marriage. Keith, also a candidate for Minnesota attorney general, said in the documents that she “hit me too many times to mention” during their marriage. Ellison is facing his own recent and credible allegations that he abused another woman, a girlfriend named Karen Monahan.
—QUOTABLE: ”The Respondent [ex-wife] constantly blamed her physical abuse of me on her depression and MS, but would always do it again.” -Ellison in the court filing.
Domestic abuse allegations are finally catching up with Keith Ellison’s electoral chances. The Minnesota Democrat is running for the state attorney general post, but he’s also been credibly and recently accused of being physically and emotionally abusive toward a recent ex-girlfriend. New polls show a tightening race with Republican Doug Wardlow, a lawyer with a low profile in politics. One poll shows Ellison slightly ahead, another says they’re tied, and 40 percent of respondents said they were aware of the abuse charges and that it’ll be a factor in their vote. Ellison is also the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
—QUOTABLE: “The #MeToo movement is a justice movement, and I don’t ever want to be counted among those who in some way tried to dissuade victims from coming forward…But I think the #MeToo movement has room for due process. Every social justice movement must.” -Ellison in the New York Times
Citing conflicts of interest in city government the Minneapolis Police Department is seeking an outside agency to investigate the domestic abuse claims against Rep Keith Ellison D-MN.
The Democratic Farmers Labor Party has been seeking a full investigation into domestic abuse charges brought against Ellison who is the Deputy Director of the DNC and the Democratic nominee for Attorney General in Minnesota.
A former girlfriend, Karen Monahan has accused Ellison of domestic abuse stemming from an incident in Ellison’s home in 2016.
A report that was commissioned by the DFL and led by a city prosecutor and investigator determined that there was insufficient evidence to proceed as Monahan would not turn over a video of the incident she claims to possess.
Ellison’s son, Jerimiah, is on the Minneapolis City Council and therefore citing a conflict of interest the Minneapolis Police Department is turning the investigation over to an outside agency yet to be named.
The Dakota County City Attorney has aid they will not review any further information regarding the incident until there is a report by an outside law enforcement agency.
A so-called investigation into domestic abuse allegations against Keith Ellison has come up empty-handed. That’s convenient, considering the probe into the sitting Democratic National Committee deputy chairman and Minnesota congressman was being conducted by a lawyer with deep ties to the Minnesota Democrat-Farmer-Labor Party. The attorney, Susan Ellingstad, was “unable to substantiate the claim of physical abuse made by Ms. Monahan,” the former girlfriend who says Ellison physically and emotionally abused her, and has produced evidence. The party says it’s handing over Ellingstad’s findings, such as they are, to the real authorities.
—QUOTABLE: “For the purpose of objectivity and getting all of the facts regarding these allegations, we have decided to forward the information in the investigation to local authorities in order to let them review the contests and determine whether further investigation is warranted.” -Ken Martin, DFL chairman