Before Karen Monahan, Rep. Keith Ellison's current accuser came forward, another woman, Amy Alexander had accused the first Muslim congressman of physical assault and emotional abuse. The media quickly took Ellison's side, Ellison denied the affair and a judge ordered her not to discuss the relationship.
Like Monahan, Amy Alexander was an EJAM volunteer. Also like her, she first met Ellison at one of his talks and he impressed her with his passion and political commitments. Monahan, Alexander and Ellison all shared a Catholic background, left-wing politics and a complex racial mix. And Ellison appeared to guide their political engagements, moving them through organizations controlled by his allies.
The similarities of the two stories of these two women are all the more remarkable because they occurred many years apart. Both women allege a pattern of psychological abuse by Ellison. Both claim that he had an explosive temper, that he assaulted them and used his political allies to smear them.
"His anger kicked in. He berated me. He grabbed me and pushed me out of the way. I was terrified. I called the police. As he fled he broke my screen door. I have never been so scared," Amy Alexander wrote in 2006.
"That is when he tried to drag me off the bed by my legs and feet, screaming, ‘Bitch you answer when I am talking to you. I said take out the trash, you’re a bad guest’ … He kept trying to drag me off the bed, telling me to get the f___ out of his house, over and over," Karen Monahan describes an alleged encounter in 2016.
Back in 2006, Amy Alexander’s name was quickly dragged through the mud. Keith Ellison accused her of blackmail. The Star Tribune, a reliable Ellison house organ, claimed that she was the one with the temper. Judge Robert Lynn barred Alexander from obtaining a restraining order against Ellison and forbade her from mentioning the alleged affair or his threats.
The media played a role in suppressing both stories. But now a record of Alexander's 911 phone call has emerged. Jeff Kolb posted the call record which took place on May 16, 2005.
If the record is legitimate, it says that someone (name redacted) reported that she was “ASLT’D BY ELLISON/KEITH/BM/41/LS LEAVING APT.
Keith Ellison was born in August 1963 and therefore would have been 41 in May 2005
This is significant because it backs up Alexander's claim and shows that there was a record, and that seemingly no action was taken.