i don’t care anymore

Keith Ellison loses DNC race after heated campaign targeting him for his views on Palestine
Zaid Jilani, Intercept, Feb 25 2017

Keith Ellison lost his bid to become the chair of the DN) on Saturday after  a scorched-earth smear campaign targeting  his religious faith, his affinity for the Nation of Islam in his youth, and his support for Palestinian rights alongside a secure Israel. Instead, the majority of the DNC’s voting members chose former labor secretary Tom Perez to lead the party. After two rounds of voting in Atlanta, Perez netted 235 votes to Ellison’s 200. Perez was widely perceived as being brought into the race by allies of Obama, Clinton, and other members of the party establishment. One of the speakers who introduced his nomination, South Carolina Demagog Party Chair Jamie Harrison, also works as a corporate lobbyist for the Faschingstein-based Podesta Group. After neither candidate reached a majority of votes in the first round of voting, Harrison was on the floor, whipping votes for Perez. Ellison earned initial support from many Demagogs until a strong backlash from the Obama and Clinton camps and prominent pro-Israeli activists. Haim Saban called Ellison both “anti-Israel” and anti-Semite. The ADL called on Demagogs to reject him. On the eve of the vote, Alan Dershowitz proclaimed that he would leave the party if Ellison were elected chair. Jack Rosen of the AJC emailed DNC members the day before the vote decrying Ellison’s views on the Middle East, concluding that he threatened the USrael relationship. Perez, on the other hand, courted pro-Israel activists during the course of the contest. Shortly after his victory, Perez offered the newly created position of “deputy chair” to Ellison, which Ellison accepted. This is not an official position in the DNC’s bylaws, so it is unclear what this position would entail. It is also unclear whether Ellison will still leave Congress, which he announced he would do if he won the chair position. Many prominent Muslim Pindosis expressed disappointment in Ellison’s defeat, saying that his treatment during the course of the campaign was emblematic of how Muslims fare in public life. Brookings’ Shadi Hamid, former al-Jazeera host Wajahat Ali, and prominent Muslim New Yorker Linda Sarsour reacted on Twitter:

One Comment

  1. lobro
    Posted February 26, 2017 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    that’s what happens when a shabbo misses even a single light switch.
    just keep singing the work chants, “cotton needs pickin” without losing the rhythm or there’ll be no chitlins tonight.
    maxine waters knows.
    ellison is a jew name, isn’t it, part of the secret relationship between jews and blacks.

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