Ellison elected co-chair of House Progressive Caucus
December 1, 2010 — 5:49pm
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, seeking the top spot in the Congressional Progressive Caucus, was elected co-chair Wednesday night along with Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz.
The Minnesota Democrat, currently vice chair, was running against Grijalva and Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards. The caucus currently has two co-chairs, including Grijalva, but one option was whether to keep that system or elect a single chair.
Ellison spokesman Tim Schumann told Hot Dish previously that Ellison is fine with the caucus having either one or two leaders. It decided to go with two: Ellison and Grijalva.
From Jeremy Herb’s last post on the race:
While Democrats on the whole were decimated in the House on Nov. 2, the Progressive Caucus, considered the liberal wing of the House, saw few members voted out. As a result, Progressive Caucus members will constitute a higher percentage of total House Democrats next year, giving the group a larger voice for shaping Democratic strategies in the lower chamber.
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."