US Muslim Keith Ellison targets Democrat party leadership

Keith Ellison announces bid to become chair of Democratic National Committee

US Muslim Keith Ellison targets Democrat party leadership

World Bulletin / News Desk

Keith Ellison, a US Muslim lawmaker and a supporter of Bernie Sanders, on Monday formally announced his bid to lead the battered Democratic Party, vowing to take it in a more liberal direction.

“I am proud to announce my candidacy for Chair of the Democratic National Committee, and if given the opportunity to serve, I will work tirelessly to make the Democratic Party an organization that brings us together and advances an agenda that improves people’s lives,” Ellison, 53, said in a statement.

Ellison, a member of the House of Representatives who hails from Minnesota, became the first Muslim elected to the US Congress in 2006.

He was one of the first supporters of Sanders, in October 2015, in the Vermont senator’s ultimately unsuccessful bid against Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primaries.

Clinton’s loss in the November 8 election to Republican tycoon Donald Trump has left the party reeling.

Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, was among the first to announce his support for Ellison to lead the DNC.

A number of other party heavyweights also back him, including the next Democratic leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer of New York.

“The Democratic Party needs to look itself in the mirror and work tirelessly to become once again the party that working people know will work for their interests,” Sanders wrote in launching a petition drive to support Ellison’s bid last week.

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