Rep. Keith Ellison wins bid for Minnesota attorney general despite abuse allegations

Posted at 12:23 PM, Nov 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-07 14:23:33-05

Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison won his bid to be Minnesota’s next attorney general despite facing accusations of abuse.

With 100% of precincts reporting, Ellison captured about 49% of the vote to best his Republican rival Doug Wardlow, who raked in 45% of the vote, according to Minnesota’s Secretary of State’s Office.

Ellison announced in June that he would withdraw his bid for re-election to Congress and instead campaign for Minnesota’s attorney general.

In August, the son of Ellison’s former girlfriend Karen Monahan detailed allegations of physical abuse by the congressman in a Facebook post, saying that he discovered a video on his mother’s computer in 2017 that allegedly showed Ellison attempting to drag Monahan off a bed while cursing at her.

Ellison denied the allegation and claimed that a video of the incident “does not exist because I never behaved in this way.”

Days later after the allegation surfaced, Ellison clinched the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party’s nomination for Minnesota attorney general.

Ellison, who is one of two Muslims in Congress, also came under scrutiny for his past ties to the Nation of Islam and defense of its controversial leader, Louis Farrakhan, who has espoused bigotry.

Ellison publicly renounced his association with the Nation of Islam in 2006 after it became an issue during his run for Congress, when local Republican bloggers began publishing his old law school columns and photos connecting him to the organization.

“I have long since distanced myself from and rejected the Nation of Islam due to its propagation of bigoted and anti-Semitic ideas and statements, as well as other issues,” Ellison wrote at the time.

Tuesday’s victory positions Ellison, the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, to fight President Donald Trump in court.