Minnesota congressman Keith Ellison is running to lead the Democratic National Committee. But he has some troubling ties in his past. Notably to the radical Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
Ellison was supposed to be interviewed by the New York Times this week. He backed out when he learned there would be questions about Farrakhan.
The Weekly Standard reported:
Ellison Cancels New York Times Interview to Avoid Questions About Farrakhan
As the Times notes, Ellison defended Farrakhan in the 1990s, saying he was not an anti-Semite in a 1995 Minneapolis newspaper column that was first reported in THE WEEKLY STANDARD by Scott W. Johnson. Ellison, a Muslim who no longer associates with the Nation of Islam, is also to the left of the Democratic party on issues related to Israel. Johnson recently detailed for TWS all of Ellison’s controversial positions and affinity for Farrakhan.
But here’s what happened when the Times reporters attempted to interview Ellison for their story (emphasis added):
Aides to Mr. Ellison were going to make him available for a telephone interview, but then declined when informed that he would be asked about his past comments on Mr. Farrakhan. They emailed a list of his links to the Jewish community and a statement that said, “Democrats need an organizer who will energize the grass-roots across this country to build the party from the bottom up.”
Do Democrats have any idea how bad this looks?
This is a serious contender to lead their party!