Embroiled in a scandal over allegations that he physically and verbally abused his ex-girlfriend, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., nonetheless received his party’s endorsement in his bid to become state attorney general.
According to NBC News, more than 80 percent of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party delegates who voted Saturday pledged support for his candidacy.
Chairman Ken Martin heralded Ellison as “a champion for families” who will “fight to hold powerful interests accountable.”
The vote would have been unremarkable had it not been for Karen Monahan’s claim that Ellison dragged her from a bed and berated her in a profanity-laced tirade two years ago.
She said the encounter was captured on cellphone video but hopes she does not have to produce it for public consumption.
The National Organization for Women responded to the allegations by calling on Ellison to suspend his campaign.
Protesters gathered outside of a recent campaign appearance. Some held signs and repeated slogans including “Ellison beats women.”
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