Calling on Democrats to “do the right thing” and elect the first Muslim congressman to lead the Democratic National Committee, liberal activist and filmmaker Michael Moore told CNN on Thursday that Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota is the man for the job.
“The Democrats have a real chance to change things and I know that there’s 400 members-plus on the DNC. If any of them are watching right now, you’ve got to do the right thing here,” Moore said, adding, “The old guard, God bless them, they’ve got to go. We need fresh blood in there. We need new people. We need Keith Ellison as the DNC chair. To just put in what the old guard wants again…, what’s the message to young people out there?”
According to an article in The Hill, Moore and other Ellison supporters, including Bernie Sanders and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, have been painting the race as a choice between the grassroots and the establishment. Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez is Ellison’s main contender in the race and has been backed by Vice President Joe Biden and former Attorney General Eric Holder. “Perez allies are furious at that characterization, saying that Perez has an unmatched progressive resume,” said the report. “He was a civil rights attorney in Holder’s Justice Department and before becoming Obama’s labor secretary.”
The article also made note of the fact that Sanders supporters are still smarting from their candidate’s loss against Hillary Clinton. “Allies of Sanders, who backs Ellison for chair, are eager to see one of their own installed atop the DNC, believing the national party rigged the primary against them.”
H/T: The Hill
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