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Keith Ellison Wants Wants To Push Dems Further To The Left

- February 22, 2017

A Radical Liberal Appears To Be Democrats' Answer To A Drubbing Among Working Class Voters 


TOP TAKEAWAYS

· Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) is one of many candidates vying to be the next chair of the DNC, which is holding an election this weekend to determine who will lead the party.

· Ellison is a radical liberal who is far outside the mainstream on a large number of issues, ranging from taxes, energy, gun rights, and healthcare.

· During his campaign for DNC chair, Ellison refused to acknowledge that the Party needed to adopt a more centrist tone to win elections, stating that the Democratic Party had "not gone too far to the left."


KEITH ELLISON HAS SPENT HIS ENTIRE POLITICAL CAREER TAKING FAR LEFT POSITIONS OUTSIDE THE MAINSTREAM

During His Run For DNC Chair, Ellison Rejected Moderation, Stating That The Democratic Party Had Not Gone Too Far To The Left

When Asked If The Democratic Party Needed To Win Back More Moderate Voters To Win Elections, Ellison Stated That The Democratic Party "Had Not Gone Too Far To The Left." MODERATOR: "Have we gone too far to the left? How do we get back what we lost?" REP. KEITH ELLISON (D-MN): "We have not gone too far to the left." (Rep. Keith Ellison, Remarks At WNDC DNC Forum , 2/15/17)

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Ellison Supports Strict Regulations On Guns And Wishes Democrats Would Oppose The Second Amendment

Ellison Said He Wished His Party Would Come Out Against The Second Amendment. BILL MAHER: "Then why doesn't your party come out against the Second Amendment? It's the problem." REP. KEITH ELLISON (D-MN): "I sure wish they would. I sure wish they would." MAHER: "Really? Because I never hear anybody in the Democratic party say that. But they say, 'I am also a strong supporter.'" ELLISON: "You have got to check out the Progressive Caucus. We have come out very strong for common-sense gun safety rules." ( Real Time With Bill Maher , 3/21/14)

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Ellison Called For An Assault Weapons Ban. "Democratic Reps. Betty McCollum and Keith Ellison, of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar have called for banning assault-style weapons and large ammo clips." ("U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson Opposes New Ban On Assault Weapons," The Associated Press , 12/19/12)

Ellison Wants To Severely Limit The Amount Of Ammunition Sold. "Keith also believes in limiting the amount of deadly ammunition that guns can hold in a single magazine because there is no justifiable civilian purpose for firing dozens of rounds without stopping." ( Keith Ellison For Congress , Accessed 2/21/17)

As A State Legislator, Ellison Tried To Ban Guns In All Theaters, Convention Centers, And Sports Stadiums. "The new measure, like the old law, would allow stores, churches and businesses to ban guns in their buildings but not in their parking lots. It would not allow city governments to ban guns in their buildings or parks. In the Minnesota House on Wednesday, opponents offered nine changes to the measure, but none passed. Rep. Keith Ellison, DFL-Minneapolis, suggested changing it so all theaters, convention centers and sports stadiums would automatically ban guns." (Rachel E. Stassen-Berger, "Gun Bill Restores '03 Law," Pioneer Press, 5/19/05)

Ellison Has Defended A 63 Percent Marginal Tax Rate As "Fair"

In A 2013 Interview, Ellison Defended A 63 Percent Tax Rate As "Fair," Saying He Thought It Was Fair To Ask Wealthy Individuals "For A Little Bit More Money" To Fund Government Programs. FOX NEWS STUART VARNEY: "And you have made the judgment that 63 percent is fair? You have made that judgment? You say that is fair?" REP. KEITH ELLISON (D-MN): "Do you know what WIC is, sir? What is WIC? Women and children who need nutrition is a program that is being cut by sequester." VARNEY: "Well, 63 percent is fair? Is it?" ELLISON: "I think asking Phil Mickelson for a little bit more money so that women and children can have a meal is fair. Yes, I do. I think it's fair to ask Phil Mickelson for a little bit more money to make sure that we can continue to invest in infrastructure in this country, and to make sure that groundbreaking research in medicine is paid for, to make sure that people have the basics, that college education is affordable. I think you have Phil Mickelson, who has benefited from living in the richest country in the history of the world, I think it's fair to ask Phil Mickelson to help with that. Yes, I do. As a patriotic American, I'm sure Phil Mickelson would agree." (Fox News' " Your World With Neil Cavuto ," 2/5/13)

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In A 2013 Roundtable With Progressive Democrats Of America, Ellison Said The Problem Was Not That Government Was Broke, Saying "There's Plenty Of Money, It's Just The Government Doesn't Have It." REP. KEITH ELLISON (D-MN): "You know, people like George Soros, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Paul Krugman, Joe Stiglitz, Jeffrey Sachs, Dean Baker, Robert Poland, Larry Summers have said they all support a transaction tax. And, so, the bottom line is we're not broke, there's plenty of money, it's just the government doesn't have it. The government has a right, the government and the people of the United States have the right to run the programs of the United States. Health, welfare, housing, all these things, and the people who benefit from being here have a duty and obligation to help support it." (Keith Ellison, Remarks At A Roundtable With Progressive Democrats Of America , Washington, DC, 7/25/13)

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Ellison Has Consistently Advocated For A Single Payer Healthcare System

On His Official Congressional Website, Ellison Maintains His Strong Support For A Single Payer System. "I am steadfast advocate for a single-payer health care system. I am a proud co-sponsor of the United States Health Insurance Act, which will provide health care to all Americans by establishing a national single-payer health care system. I will continue to fight for single-payer health care system because I think it is only true way to make health care a right for every single American." ("Health Care," Rep. Keith Ellison , Accessed 2/21/17)

Ellison Also Supported Bernie Sanders Single Payer Healthcare Platform . AMY GOODMAN: "And, Congressmember Keith Ellison, the issue of single-payer healthcare, the idea of Medicare for all, the party shying away from Bernie Sanders' proposal to turn Medicare into a single-payer healthcare system for this country-what happened?" ELLISON: "Well, yeah. As you said, you know, that proposal, which is very meritorious and which I support, was not embraced. That's too bad. But let me tell you, you know, we debate-I guess, Amy, I'm an optimistic person. Right? Whenever we don't get every single thing that we want, it's not my way to say, 'Pooh-pooh on the whole process.' I say we have made important demands and debated this issue. We have made them pay attention to what we're talking about. And the struggle continues. We're not going to stop fighting for Medicare for all just because it didn't get adopted into the Democratic platform. We're going to keep the fight alive, because people all across the country need it that way, because it is a more humane, more effective way to deliver healthcare to the American people. So I just say, you know, take heart in the success that we had. Keep the battle going. Keep the fight up for a fairer, more equal America. That's what we do." ("Rep. Ellison: Why Is The Democratic Party Afraid To Mention The Israeli Occupation In Platform?" Democracy Now , 7/11/16)

Ellison Co-Authored And Voted For The Progressive Caucus' FY 2016 Budget That Would Have Raised Taxes By Over $4 Trillion And Cut "War On Terror" Funding By Nearly $900 Million

Ellison Was The Sponsor Of The Congressional Progressive Caucus' FY 2016 Budget, Which He Offered As An Amendment On The House Floor On March 25, 2015. ( H.Amdt.81 To H.Con.Res.27 , Introduced 3/25/15)

  • Ellison's Progressive Caucus Budget Would Propose "Both Higher Taxes And Greater Spending In Most Areas." "The CPC's budget proposes both higher taxes and greater spending in most areas." ("Progressive Caucus Releases Alternative Budget," Committee For A Responsible Federal Budget , 3/26/15)

In Addition, Ellison's Budget Would Have Eliminated "Overseas Contingency Operations" (OCO) Funding For The War On Terror, Leading To A Complete Withdrawal From Afghanistan. "End Emergency War Funding Beginning in FY2017 - limits Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding to redemployment out of Afghanistan in FY2016 and zeroes out OCO thereafter, saving $761 billion compared to current law. It is time to swiftly and safely end the war in Afghanistan. An expedited withdrawal from Afghanistan would save billions. Further, the use of emergency funding via the OCO account masks the true impact of war spending and should be discontinued." ("The People's Budget: A Raise For America," Congressional Progressive Caucus , Accessed 2/21/17)

Ellison Has Backed Ending Fracking On Federal Lands

Ellison Is A Cosponsor Of H.R. 1902, A Bill That Would Ban Fracking On Federal Lands. ( H.R. 1902 , Introduced 4/21/15)

  • According To The Bill's Sponsor, Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), The Bill Would Ban Fracking On All Federal Lands. "The Protect Our Public Lands Act, currently being considered in Congress, would do just that, by prohibiting fracking all public lands." (Rep. Mark Pocan and Hilary Baum, "Public Lands Should Be Off Limits For Fracking," The Hill , 8/3/15)

KEITH ELLISON HAS a history of TAKING POSITIONS FAR OUTSIDE THE MAINSTREAM

Ellison Adamantly Defended A Domestic Terrorist And Attempted Cop Killer

Ellison Gave A Speech In 2000 Defending Sara Jane Olson. "Ellison was still toeing the Nation of Islam line in February 2000, this time in a speech at a local National Lawyers Guild meeting in support of Symbionese Liberation Army member Sara Jane Olson (formerly Kathleen Soliah), who had recently been apprehended at her home in St. Paul. In the course of remarks supporting Soliah/Olson, Ellison complained about the charges previously brought against 'Qubiliah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X, in retribution against Minister Farrakhan,' by the Office of the United States Attorney in Minneapolis." (Scott W. Johnson, "The Ellison Elision," The Weekly Standard , 2/3/14)

  • In 2001, Olson Pled Guilty To Planting Explosive Devices Underneath Police Squad Cars In 1975. "Sara Jane Olson aka Kathleen Ann Soliah was a member of the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA). For 25 years she lived in hiding in St. Paul before she was arrested in 1999, pleading guilty in 2001 to planting explosive devices underneath police squad cars in 1975. She was released on parole in 2009 after serving 7 years in prison." (Tom Lyden, "Convicted Terrorist Sara Jane Olson Went Through TSA Pre-Check," FOX 9, 3/24/15)
  • The Specific Charges To Which Olson Pled Guilty Were Two Counts Of Attempting To Bomb Police Cars With Intent To Murder In Exchange For A Dismissal Of Three Other Charges. "In return for Olson's guilty pleas to two counts of trying to bomb police cars with intent to murder, prosecutors dismissed three other charges, including conspiracy and possession of pipe bombs." (Patrick Hoge, "Olson's Stunning Guilty Plea Halts Trial On Bomb Charges," The San Francisco Chronicle , 11/1/01)

Several Recordings Were Uncovered Of Ellison Defending And Voicing Support For Olson. "Minneapolis resident Greg Lang, whose website, www.soliah.com, focuses on Olson's case, uncovered and transcribed several audio recordings of speeches Ellison gave supporting Soliah/Olson, a federal fugitive who was found living the life of a soccer mom in St. Paul. She is now serving time in a California prison." (Rochelle Olson and Mark Brunswick, "Ellison's Past Views, Ties Drawing Scrutiny," The Star Tribune, 6/28/06)

Ellison's Speech Was Given At A Forum And Public Auction Raising Money For Olson's Defense. "Defenders of Sara Jane Olson attacked the government's case against the St. Paul woman, who is accused of planting bombs beneath police cars in the 1970s, and raised money for her legal defense Saturday during a forum and silent auction." (Pat Burson, "100 At Olson Event Talk About Case; Silent Auction At Forum Aims To Bolster Defense," The Saint Paul Pioneer Press, 2/13/00)

  • In His Speech Ellison Attempted To Cast Olson's Prosecution As Being Politically Motivated. "In one 2000 fundraiser speech, Ellison makes reference to the prosecution of Malcolm X's daughter, Qubilah Shabazz, as retribution against Farrakhan. He also spoke about the 'political' prosecutions of a former Black Panther activist convicted of killing a New Jersey police officer." (Rochelle Olson and Mark Brunswick, "Ellison's Past Views, Ties Drawing Scrutiny," The Star Tribune, 6/28/06)
  • Ellison Was Quoted At The Event As Saying "I Don't Think They Would Not Cheat To Prosecute This Woman." "Asked whether he supported Olson, Minneapolis lawyer and panelist Keith Ellison replied: 'I'm a supporter of anybody who's subject to political prosecution based on their being in a vilified group. Your chances of getting a fair trial are low. ... I've been waiting for the evidence against her. I don't think they would not cheat to prosecute this woman.'" (Pat Burson, "100 At Olson Event Talk About Case; Silent Auction At Forum Aims To Bolster Defense," The Saint Paul Pioneer Press, 2/13/00)

Ellison Aggressively Asserted In His Speech That The Individuals Prosecuting Olson Were Trying To Reverse The Progress Of The Civil Rights Movement. KEITH ELLISON: "'This was a confluence of a time when people came together and DID beat back the things that America was always based on. In the minds of the people who want to prosecute Sara Jane Olson, these people feel that the gains that we made have got to be beat back, and the very idea of, say for instance, black people having civil rights, has got to be obliterated with (obviously) the criminal justice system and incarceration. Think about what it means to a whole population when a significant number - 1/3 of all the [black] men-are going to one time be incarcerated - what impact does it have on the 2/3's that aren't?'" (Rochelle Olson and Mark Brunswick, "Ellison's Past Views, Ties Drawing Scrutiny," The Star Tribune, 6/28/06)

Ellison's View On The U.S.-Israel Relationship Are Outside The Mainstream

Ellison Complained That Israel Has Too Much Influence Over U.S. Foreign Policy In the Middle East. REP. KEITH ELLISON (D-MN): "'The United States foreign policy in the Middle East is governed by what is good or bad through a country of 7 million people. A region of 350 million all turns on a country of 7 million. Does that make sense? Is that logic? Right? When the Americans who trace their roots back to those 350 million get involved, everything changes.'" (Press Release, "Speech Raises New Doubts About Rep. Ellison's Ability To Represent Traditional Democratic Support For Israel," Anti-Defamation League , 12/1/16)

According To The Washington Post, Keith Ellison "Has Never Shied From Criticism Of Israel's Policies Toward Palestinians . " "Ellison has never shied from criticism of Israel's policies toward Palestinians, and has been filmed encouraging Muslims to get more involved in politics so that 'a country of 7 million people' did not entirely determine American policy in the Middle East. Last summer, he tweeted a photo from Hebron, in the West Bank, in which a critic of Israel's policies had put up a sign calling Israel's domestic policy 'apartheid.'" (David Weigel, "Keith Ellison Votes Against GOP-Backed Israel Resolution," The Washington Post , 1/5/17)

Ellison Voted Against Condemning A United Nations Resolution That Called Israel's Settlements In Disputed Territories "Illegal." U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who had not commented on a controversial United Nations resolution that called Israel's settlements in disputed territories 'illegal,' voted Thursday night against a largely bipartisan resolution that condemned it." (David Weigel, "Keith Ellison Votes Against GOP-Backed Israel Resolution," The Washington Post , 1/5/17)

The Anti-Defamation League Has Asserted That Ellison's Past Comments On Israel Have Been "Deeply Disturbing And Disqualifying." "New information recently has come to light that raises serious concerns about whether Rep. Ellison faithfully could represent the Democratic Party's traditional support for a strong and secure Israel. In a speech recorded in 2010 to a group of supporters, Rep. Ellison is heard suggesting that American foreign policy in the Middle East is driven by Israel, saying: 'The United States foreign policy in the Middle East is governed by what is good or bad through a country of 7 million people. A region of 350 million all turns on a country of 7 million. Does that make sense? Is that logic? Right? When the Americans who trace their roots back to those 350 million get involved, everything changes.' Rep. Ellison's remarks are both deeply disturbing and disqualifying." (Press Release, "Speech Raises New Doubts About Rep. Ellison's Ability To Represent Traditional Democratic Support For Israel," Anti-Defamation League , 12/1/16)


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