Minnesota Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison‘s bid to become chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was boosted Wednesday through the endorsement of progressive Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.
In backing Ellison, Warren applauded the six-term U.S. House member for his Wall Street stance and leadership of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. A statement released by Warren’s office read:
“I admire Keith’s values, his grit, and his dedication to making this country work not just for some of our kids but for all of them.”
Ellison’s bid to replace ousted Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz has recently picked up endorsements from Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) and incoming Minority Leader, New York Senator Charles Schumer.
In addition to Ellison, former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison, have also formally announced bids, while DNC national finance chair Henry Muñoz III and Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, have said they are mulling runs to head the DNC.
“I’m not particularly moved by who Reid or Schumer want to be the chair,” said Texas DNC member Glen Maxey. “Glen Maxey ain’t voting for nobody because they told me to.”
Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley withdrew his name from consideration for the spot on Wednesday.
The DNC is seeking to replace former chair Wasserman-Schultz after the Florida Democrat was driven from the post along with several top officials over revelations the leadership favored failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over primary rival Bernie Sanders for the party’s presidential nomination.
A vote for chair among nearly 450 DNC members will not take place until the next calendar year, most likely in either February or March 2017.
[Washington Post] [Politico] [The Hill]