Hakeem Jeffries, Katherine Clark, Ted Lieu Endorse Keith Ellison for DNC Chair

Friday, January 27, 2017

Via Press Release

WASHINGTON DC – Keith Ellison received the following endorsements from Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8), Congresswoman Katherine Clark (MA-5), and Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-33):

“Keith Ellison is a hardworking and talented progressive leader who intimately understands the economic anxiety of the American people, particularly in the Midwestern region of the country where we as a party need to regain strength,” said Congressman Hakeem Jeffries. “Unlike most establishment Democrats and Republicans in Washington, Rep. Ellison understood the serious electoral threat presented by Donald Trump in the summer of 2015.  He also has witnessed the rise and fall of another unconventional political figure, former Minnesota Governor Jesse ‘the Body’ Ventura, who shocked the world in Trump-like fashion in 1998.  Rep. Ellison has a strategic vision for organizing the community by community party rebuilding effort that we as Democrats must undertake.  For these reasons, I endorse his candidacy as the person best positioned to lead the DNC in these unprecedented times.”

“Keith is an organizer through and through,” said Congresswoman Katherine Clark. “He was elected to Congress in 2006, and ever since, he's been laser-focused on 365 days-a-year organizing. He's knocked on doors, he's talked to voters, and he's fired up the grassroots. That's how he managed to transform his district from the lowest turnout in the state to the highest. That's how I know he's the real deal and why I could not be more proud to endorse him as the next DNC Chair.”

“I am thrilled to endorse my friend Keith Ellison to lead the Democratic Party,” said Congressman Ted Lieu. “As one of his colleagues in the House of Representatives, I've seen first-hand how committed Keith is to fighting for working people, organizing, and taking on Donald Trump and holding him accountable. On top of all this, he's someone who has worked tirelessly to elect Democrats all over the country. That's exactly the type of progressive leadership we need and I am honored to endorse Keith for DNC Chair.”