The race to be the next Democratic National Committee chair has been ongoing for several months, and one of the leading candidates is Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison.

Before Democrats vote this weekend in Atlanta on who will lead the DNC, they should be cognizant of Ellison's past. Here are nine potentially damaging facts about Ellison.

1. He previously defended anti-Semitic leaders

In a 1990 column, Ellison accused a college president of stifling free speech for criticizing a guest speaker's remarks. The guest speaker was Kwame Ture (also known as Stokely Carmichael), who said that Zionists worked with the Nazis during World War II and that "Zionism must be destroyed."

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