While much of the noise surrounding the allegation of domestic abuse against Keith Ellison has come from his Republican opposition, there has notably been less coverage about how the state's Democrats have been reacting.
Ellison, who denies the allegation, still has his supporters within the Minnesota DFL, which commissioned an investigation into the allegation made by his ex-girlfriend, Karen Monahan, which this past week found her claims to be "unsubstantiated."
The outcome unsurprisingly sparked cries of a fix from across the aisle, noting that the attorney who investigated the claim works at a firm where a leading DFL attorney is one of the partners.
But the Huffington Post published a piece on Thursday in which reporter Daniel Marans had spoken to several Democratic voters, albeit before the result of the DFL investigation was made public.
Their responses painted a picture of unease over Ellison's candidacy for Attorney General at a time when Democrats nationally have taken a strong stance against assault accusations, as evidenced by the resignation of Minnesota Sen. Al Franken and their opposition to the sexual assault-accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Here's a flavor of their responses to the HuffPo. You can read the full piece here.
– "Minnesota needs the Democrat to win. I wish the Democrat wasn’t Keith Ellison," said one woman who said she intends to vote for Ellison.
– "I expect that Democrats hold themselves to the same standards that they hold the Republicans [to] and that it’s not just rationalization to suit their needs," said Mark Stone, of Becker, saying he'd have preferred a 3rd party inquiry into the allegation.
– "Especially with the way the Kavanaugh thing is landing, we can’t keep letting it slide under the carpet," said Tara Engebretson of Wayzata.
– "I don’t have a comfort level, and if it gets to be Nov. 6, and I still don’t have comfort with him, I won’t cast a vote for him," said a Democratic activist who preferred to remain anonymous.
– A woman who knows both Ellison and Monahan said she doesn't believe Monahan's accusation against him, and feels race has played a role in the allegation against him. "This is an all-white state. He’s a black man. They’re not going to believe him."
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A recent poll suggested that the race between Ellison and his GOP opponent is neck-and-neck in the wake of the abuse allegations, with the Democrats in danger of losing the AG's office it has held since 1971.
But while Wardlow has called the DFL's investigation a "sham," Monahan has herself taken on legal counsel that could also leave her open to criticism.
She has hired Andrew Parker to represent her, with The Intercept noting that Doug Wardlow spent almost half his legal career working at Parker's former law firm, Parker Rosen LLC.
Parker told the website that Monahan had no idea of his relationship with Ellison's Attorney General opponent prior to retaining his services.
Meanwhile, Ellison this week revealed he's considering stepping down from his position at the Democratic National Committee, of which he is the deputy chair.
He said the decision was being made so he could focus on his run for Attorney General.
"You know, I've been evaluating that recently so we'll see. I need to put 100% of my time, energy and resources into the race and my office, so it is something I am taking into consideration," he said, according to CNN.