Warren backs Ellison for DNC chair

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) has endorsed Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) for Democratic National Committee chairman, cementing his standing as the early front-runner to lead the national party through a massive rebuilding effort following last week’s disastrous election results.


“Keith and I have had the chance to work together many times over the past several years,” Warren said in a statement. “I’ve watched up close as he has pushed hard to try to hold Wall Street accountable through his work on House Financial Services, and he has consistently exercised bold leadership for the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

“I admire Keith’s values, his grit, and his dedication to making this country work not just for some of our kids, but for all of them. I’m proud to support his candidacy for Chair of the Democratic National Committee.”

Ellison launched his bid for DNC chairman on Monday, with a strong rollout that included endorsements from liberal icon Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.); newly elected Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerOvernight Health Care: US showing signs of retreat in battle against COVID-19 | Regeneron begins clinical trials of potential coronavirus antibody treatment | CMS warns nursing homes against seizing residents’ stimulus checks Schumer requests briefing with White House coronavirus task force as cases rise Schumer on Trump’s tweet about 75-year-old protester: He ‘should go back to hiding in the bunker’ MORE (N.Y.) and the man he is succeeding, Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidHarry Reid says he’s cancer free White House gets jolt from strong jobs report Murkowski, Mattis criticism ratchets up pressure on GOP over Trump MORE (Nev.); a handful of other Democratic lawmakers and grassroots progressive groups; as well as four state party chairmen.

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) also added his name Wednesday to the growing list of lawmakers who are backing Ellison’s run. The dean of the lower chamber pointed to Ellison’s work leading the Congressional Progressive Caucus in his endorsement.

“He is a visionary, a fighter, and he is needed now more than ever as we approach the next four years with Republicans controlling every branch of government,” Conyers said in a statement on Wednesday. “Keith Ellison deserves to be at the helm, steering us forward, as our party fights to protect our core values and enhance the quality of life for every American, not just a select few.”

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There is a strong appetite among many Democrats to nod to the ascendant left-wing of the party, led by Sanders and Warren, in choosing the next DNC chairman, giving Ellison a leg up on the competition. He is the first Muslim elected to Congress and a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Still, Ellison faces a tough fight for the position against former DNC chief Howard Dean, who is still well-regarded for his work atop the party in the 2000s.

South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison is also in the race, and several others, including outgoing Labor Secretary Tom Perez, New Hampshire state party Chairman Raymond Buckley, NARAL president Ilyse Hogue, DNC Finance Chairman Henry Munoz III, and Reps. Ruben Gallego (Ariz.) and Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Park Police chief insists tear gas wasn’t used despite reports| Energy headquarters to reopen next week OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump official violated ethics rules in seeking EPA job for relative, watchdog finds| Trump administration aims to buy uranium for reserve ‘as soon as possible,’ official says| 18 states fight conservative think tank effort to freeze fue 18 states fight conservative think tank effort to freeze fuel efficiency standards MORE (Calif.) are believed to be weighing bids or mentioned as potential standout candidates.

Updated 3:55 p.m. 

Lisa Hagen contributed.