Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison is in real trouble in his bid to become the next chair of the Democratic National Committee. Only recently he appeared unstoppable. Now, with Secretary of Labor Tom Perez throwing his hat in the ring, Democrats have a serious alternative to someone whom they fear would double down on the political strategies that failed so spectacularly in the election.
Ellison's history is littered with examples of conduct and statements that give Democrats who want to rebuild their party serious concern. Much has been rightly made of his past associations with Louis Farrakhan and his Nation of Islam organization. He's also said things that make them worry he does not support Israel and may, in fact, harbor anti-Semitic sentiments.
Those concerns had nowhere to go while Ellison was the main contender for DNC chair. Now that Perez has entered the fray, Democrats can safely consider an alternative to what Ellison has to offer.