Bill de Blasio: Why I’m supporting Keith Ellison for DNC chair

Feb 22, 2017

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) speaks during a news conference Feb. 1. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By Bill de Blasio – The Washington Post

Bill de Blasio is mayor of New York.

Like many Democrats, I’ve spent a lot of time since Nov. 8 wondering what went wrong. Though Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, it’s clear to me that too many voters stayed home because they felt the election was more about personalities than the issues that affect their lives.

But what we’ve seen in the days after the inauguration is nothing short of incredible. All over the country, millions of people are getting organized and demonstrating against the president and the broken policies of the Republican Party. People are starting to feel their power to stop the administration.

You’d be hard-pressed to write a better description of Keith Ellison’s approach to public service. That’s why I’m supporting him in the race to be the next chairman of the Democratic Party.

The new mission of the Democratic Party must be to harness and build on this energy. We need determined leadership that will bring us together as one united party. We need an inspiring vision of equality that resonates in the hearts, minds and souls of all Americans. We need to renew our commitment to strengthening our grass-roots infrastructure to take on President Trump and the Republicans.

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