The early favorite in the race to head the Democratic National Committee, Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison has left Jewish-Americans furious.
Ellison is “clearly an anti-Semite.”
That’s not from The Horn News. That’s not even conservative Jewish leaders saying it.
That warning is straight out of the mouth of outspoken liberal organizations and a top Democrat donor!
“If you go back to his positions, his papers, his speeches, the way he has voted, he is clearly an anti-Semite and anti-Israel individual,” Haim Saban, a prominent Jewish Democratic donor, said Friday about the Minnesota lawmaker.
“Words matter and actions matter more. Keith Ellison would be a disaster for the relationship between the Jewish community and the Democratic Party.”
Saban isn’t alone. The liberal Minnesota congressman has also faced increasingly vocal criticism from prominent Democrats, Jewish groups and some union leaders, who have questioned his comments about Israel, his defense of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
How far left has the Democratic Party swung to even consider this man as their leader?
It’s so bad, even the noted liberal organization the Anti-Defamation League came out and publicly condemned Ellison last week, calling his statements on Israel “deeply disturbing and disqualifying” and said “his words raise the specter of age-old stereotypes about Jewish control of our government.”
Ellison’s history is so bad, even President Barack Obama — whose administration has a history of employing outspoken anti-Semites — is backtracking his support.
According to The Associated Press, while White House aides say that Obama is unlikely to publicly comment on the race, behind the scenes his backers have been speaking with top Democratic donors and potential candidates to see who else might be persuaded to run, said several Democrats familiar with the discussions.
High on the White House’s list of preferred candidates is former Labor Secretary Tom Perez, who’s weighing whether to run for DNC chair or for Maryland governor, said the Democrats, who requested anonymity to discuss private conversations. A vocal contingent is pushing for a Latino leader, arguing that the growing demographic group is crucial to the party’s future and should be represented at the highest levels of its leadership.
Others, including former DNC Chair Ed Rendell, have been trying to draft Vice President Joe Biden, who’s ruled out a bid. Biden spokeswoman Kate Bedingfield said he’s “not interested” in the job but plans to stay heavily involved in shaping the party’s future.
Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who would have been a prime contender for the post had Clinton won and has been quietly floated by some in the White House, has also told people she wouldn’t take the job.
South Carolina party Chairman Jaime Harrison and New Hampshire party Chairman Ray Buckley have already announced bids, though they haven’t gotten much traction within the party.
And Missouri’s Secretary of State Jason Kander, who attracted attention for running a surprisingly competitive Senate race this year, says he’s gotten calls exploring his interest in the post.
“I’m going to do all that I can for the cause of progress,” Kander said. “If it turns out that my party wants me to serve as chair I’m open to that.”
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The Associated Press contributed to this article