Keith Ellison resigned as the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Friday, after winning his race for attorney general of Minnesota, despite allegations of sexual abuse by his ex-girlfriend.
“Keith’s decision means Minnesotans will have a full-time champion fighting for affordable health care, a fair economy, and opportunity for all,” DNC chair Tom Perez wrote in an email, according to The Washington Examiner. “His tireless service as deputy chair enabled us to make substantial progress in rebuilding our party and rebuilding trust with our grassroots.”
NEW… Tom Perez just emailed this note, saying Keith Ellison has stepped down from DNC to focus on his new job as atty gen of Minnesota. pic.twitter.com/Rximb5eeQt
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) November 8, 2018
The news also comes as Ellison defeated his Republican challenger Doug Wardlow in Tuesday’s midterm elections. Ellison maintained a steady lead throughout his campaign, but his lead shrank as he faced sexual abuse allegations from his ex-girlfriend Karen Monahan. Monahan claims Ellison physically and emotionally abused her. (RELATED: Keith Ellison Faces 12-Point Shift In Latest Poll)
Perez did not say who will take Ellison’s spot as deputy chairman in his letter.
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