Perez Still Proud Of Making Keith Ellison Deputy DNC Chair, Despite Abuse Allegations

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Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez touted his decision to make Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison the deputy DNC chair, even though Ellison currently faces unresolved domestic abuse allegations.

Ellison, the Democratic nominee for Minnesota attorney general, is accused of physically and emotionally abusing his ex-girlfriend, Sierra Club activist Karen Monahan. Ellison has repeatedly denied Monahan’s allegations. (RELATED: Keith Ellison Accuser Posts Doctor’s Note)

Despite Monahan’s allegations, Perez touted his decision to give Ellison his DNC leadership position in a podcast interview with The Washington Post on Tuesday.

“I think people lost faith in the DNC. We lost a lot of elections and we did it in a way that made people feel like the process wasn’t fair and so from the moment I got there, I understood that it was really important to bring people together,” Perez said.

“Ninety seconds after I was declared the winner in the election, the first thing I did was ask Keith Ellison to join the party as deputy DNC chair because neither of us wanted to see half the participants walk out disappointed,” Perez added.

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