Bernie Sanders backs MN Congressman to become DNC chair

"He is supporting Congressman Ellison for the DNC," Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs told Politico on Thursday.
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The day after the election, Rep. Keith Ellison's message to his Facebook followers was: "Don't mourn. Organize."

Now he could be on his way to organizing on a grand scale, with the Minnesota Congressman being backed to become the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) by none other than Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Ellison, who was comfortably re-elected on Tuesday as the 5th Congressional District representative, backed Sanders over Hillary Clinton during the Democratic Party primaries earlier this year, and Sanders now wants to see him play a bigger role in the party.

"He is supporting Congressman Ellison for the DNC," Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs told Politico on Thursday.

According to MSNBC, Ellison is co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus in Washington, a group Sanders helped found in 1991 and of which he is the only senator member.

The DNC is responsible for determining and promoting the Democratic platform at a national level, as well as coordinating party activities including the Democratic National Convention, according to its website.

Donna Brazile is currently the interim DNC chairperson, taking over after Debbie Wasserman-Schultz resigned in the wake of a leaked email scandal earlier this year, but has said she doesn't want the job full-time.

Since Clinton didn't win the election, Brazile's replacement will be decided through an election, with Politico noting Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm is among the names being mooted for the role.

Rep. Ellison would be a momentous choice for the DNC, given he has already created history when becoming in 2008 the first Muslim elected to the federal government.

Sanders meanwhile has been reflecting on the electoral loss, expressing frustration to the Associated Press that the Democrats didn't make a strong enough case in the industrial Midwest, with Trump winning Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

"You cannot be a party which on one hand says we're in favor of working people, we're in favor of the needs of young people but we don't quite have the courage to take on Wall Street and the billionaire class," he said. "People do not believe that. You've got to decide which side you're on."

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