Even though the media has worked hard to cover for Rep. Keith Ellison, a former member of the Nation of Islam hate group, the no. 2 guy at the DNC and an alleged domestic abuser, Minnesota voters don’t seem to be buying it.
Minnesota Democrats are worried that allegations of domestic abuse made by a former girlfriend of Rep. Keith Ellison (D) could be a drag on his chances of winning the state’s attorney general’s office, a post Democrats have held for almost half a century.
The Minneapolis Democrat has denied the charges, and an investigation paid for by the state Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party could not corroborate the woman’s claims.
But the allegations have taken a toll, and the race between Ellison and former state Rep. Doug Wardlow ® is neck and neck.
A poll conducted for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Minnesota Public Radio last month showed Ellison leading Wardlow, 41 percent to 36 percent, even as Democratic candidates led their Republican rivals up and down the ballot in other contests.
The poll showed more voters, 31 percent, said they had an unfavorable impression of Ellison than those who said they had a favorable impression at 20 percent.
Keith Ellison has benefited from media privilege in previous scandals. He has repeatedly lied about his membership in a hate group. The campaign finance issues blamed on his wife have been very dubious. The media smeared the last woman to accuse him of abuse.
But this may be a bridge too far even for many Dems.
Ellison’s scandals continue accumulating and the media can only tell so many lies to protect him.