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It didn’t take long for Keith Ellison to admit that he’s running for the Minnesota Attorney General job to harass President Trump. Ellison said “It was attorneys general who led the fight against the Muslim ban. I want to be a part of that fight.”

What Rep. Ellison omits from his cheap shot statement is that a) it isn’t a Muslim ban and b) these attorneys general’s cases are flimsier than wet cardboard. The Supreme Court will rule that a) presidents have sole authority to set U.S. foreign policy and b) courts don’t have the intel or authority to set U.S. foreign policy.

What’s clear is that Ellison knows Republicans will maintain control of the U.S. House of Representatives for the foreseeable future and that he’s likely to not be able to impact policy anytime soon. Ellison is an agitator. Being unable to be influential in DC, Ellison left.

GOP endorsed candidate Doug Wardlow didn’t waste time before attacking Ellison:

“Keith Ellison supports open borders, meaning he does not support the laws America currently has in place. How can he be the state’s top law enforcement official if he is unwilling to enforce our immigration laws?”

The thought of Ellison being Minnesota’s chief law enforcement officer is laughable. Ellison is famous for selectively enforcing laws:

Ellison also spoke favorably of convicted cop killer Assata Shakur and expressed his opposition to any attempt to extradite her to the United States from Cuba, where she had fled after escaping prison. “I am praying that Castro does not get to the point where he has to really barter with these guys over here because they’re going to get Assata Shakur, they’re going to get a whole lot of other people,” Ellison said at the event, which also included a silent auction and speech by former Weather Underground leader Bernardine Dohrn. “I hope the Cuban people can stick to it, because the freedom of some good decent people depends on it.”

Isn’t that great? The man that wants to be our attorney general wants cop-killers protected. Seriously?

Here’s Assata Shakur, aka Joanne Chesimard, in her own words:

That’s who Rep. Ellison fought for. Electing Ellison to be Minnesota’s Attorney General would be spitting in the face of Minnesota’s law enforcement personnel. Ellison has been a defense attorney his entire legal life. Why would we think that he’s capable of enforcing laws, especially when he’s had a history of ignoring laws he doesn’t like?

As rumors swirl that Keith Ellison will run for Attorney General of Minnesota, the question must be asked what he’d contribute if he ran. Before we get to that, though, it’s important to know that the “decision has not been finalized, but Ellison huddled with his top advisers on Monday night to discuss the move, which comes amid the congressman’s frustrations with Congress as well as being DNC Chair Tom Perez’s understudy, sources say. Ellison declined to confirm that he was considering a run for attorney general on Tuesday morning. Politico first reported the news on Monday night. ‘I am not ready to make any comments,’ he told CNN. ‘It will all be clear as crystal, and it won’t be too long from now.'”

I don’t think it’s a stretch to think that, as Minnesota’s Attorney General, Ellison would spend most of his time suing President Trump for ideological reasons. It isn’t a stretch to think that he’d become Minnesota’s Xavier Becerra or Eric Holder. Further, it isn’t a stretch to think that Ellison pictures himself as the Minnesota face of the #Resist movement. Further, it isn’t difficult to picture Ellison suing Minnesota police departments anytime that a black mad is shot by police.

During Lori Swanson’s time in office as Minnesota’s AG, it was common knowledge that she spent tons of time suing President Trump.

UPDATE: It’s official:

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) is running for attorney general of Minnesota, setting off a potentially history-making battle that is sure to attract national attention. He officially filed the paperwork for his candidacy on Tuesday afternoon.

Ellison, one of the staunchest progressives in Congress and the current deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, would be the first Muslim statewide elected official in the country’s history. The six-term Minneapolis congressman would also be Minnesota’s first black statewide official.

Let’s not be timid in saying this. Ellison is famous for being a bombthrower and a terrorist sympathizer. It’s impossible to see how he’d add anything productive to the state.

UPDATE II: Mike Hatch has filed to run for Attorney General, too.

With regards to Mr. Ellison, “Ellison’s decision to run is motivated as much by the availability of the post as by his desire to marshal the forces of the state to resist the agenda of President Donald Trump, according to a Democrat familiar with his thinking.”

In other words, Ellison thinks that he can be a bigger pain in President Trump’s side as Minnesota’s Attorney General than he can be as a bomb-throwing back-bencher in the minority in the U.S. House of Representatives. This isn’t about patriotism for Ellison. It’s purely about being an obstructionist. Ellison doesn’t care about what’s best for Minnesota. He cares about the #Resist movement. His rhetoric in this video shows that he’s a radical’s radical:

In his speech, which sounded semi-sincere, he talked about people in “Ely, Zumbrota, Minneapolis or St. Paul” not getting their fair pay. Later in his rant, he spoke about “consumer justice.” Still later, he spoke about fighting for environmental standards, gun violence and the unions.

Ellison won’t represent all Minnesotans. He’ll represent progressive Minnesotans. It’s impossible to think that he’d fight for gun rights, miners and small business owners. During his legislative career, both in the legislature and Congress, Ellison didn’t waste a split-second of time fighting for the middle class, blue collar workers or conservatives. Ellison is a radical’s radical. That’s who he’ll always be.

Since the start of the campaign, Doug Wardlow has had a plan for what he’d like to accomplish if elected. After winning the GOP endorsement to be their candidate for Attorney General, Wardlow issued a statement, saying “I am humbled and honored to receive the Minnesota Republican Party endorsement. I promise that as Minnesota’s Attorney General I will restore law and order and work with President Trump to stop illegal immigration and voter fraud.”

What isn’t known is who Wardlow’s DFL opponent will be. It might be Matt Pelikan, the DFL-endorsed candidate. Rumors started spreading late Saturday that Lori Swanson might run for governor in the DFL Primary. If that happens, it’s rumored that Ryan Winkler might jump into the AG primary against Pelikan. Finally, it’s still possible that Mr. Wardlow will face Lori Swanson.

After yesterday, though, the DFL is a fractured political party. Their gubernatorial endorsement went long before getting the delegates upset. Friday night, a rumor started that Rebecca Otto might team with Erin Murphy if Otto didn’t do well on the first ballot. Late Saturday afternoon, Otto chose to team with Tim Walz. Saying that the delegates felt betrayed is understatement. Saying that the DFL is deeply fractured is understatement, too. While it’s still possible for the DFL to unite, that isn’t the DFL’s only problem. In fact, it isn’t their biggest problem.

The DFL’s biggest problem is that they aren’t a serious political party that’s serious about solving Minnesota’s problems. They’re mostly interested in identity politics. That’s why some delegates touted the fact that Matt Pelikan, if elected, would be the first openly gay state attorney general. They didn’t say anything about how qualified he was, though Mike Hatch criticized him as being inexperienced.

Here is Wardlow’s letter accepting the Republicans’ endorsement:

Wardlow will be a handful for whoever the DFL runs against him. He’s sharp, principled and a strong campaigner. Lori Swanson, Matt Pelikan and Ryan Winkler aren’t any of those things. Swanson is obviously the toughest opponent he’d face but she isn’t invincible.

The DFL emerged from their convention upset with themselves and facing a bunch of primaries. Republicans emerged from their convention united and facing just 1 primary. Most importantly, Republicans emerged with a message, great candidates and a lengthy list of legislative accomplishments.

Minutes after Tim Walz withdrew from the endorsement fight, the DFL endorsed Erin Murphy to be their gubernatorial candidate.

This was an event-filled, tumultuous, convention. The first shock happened when unknown Matt Pelikan trailed DFL Attorney General Lori Swanson by just 5 points, with Swanson at 52.2% and Pelikan at 47.2% of the vote. Before they started the second ballot, Swanson pulled out, handing the endorsement to Pelikan. When Erin Murphy won the endorsement after Tim Walz withdrew from the endorsement race, rumors started swirling that Swanson might jump into the DFL gubernatorial primary instead of fighting through the DFL AG primary.

Meanwhile, another rumor has it that Ryan Winkler will run in the DFL AG primary if Swanson opts for the DFL gubernatorial primary. If AG Swanson runs in the AG’s primary, she’d probably win. If she runs in the gubernatorial primary, her chances of winning drop significantly. In both instances, though, her chances of winning the general election aren’t that great, though they’d be better if she ran for AG.

As for Murphy’s chances, they aren’t good. If she defeats Tim Walz, she’ll only do so by running far to Walz’s left. Single-payer health care isn’t popular in Minnesota. People didn’t trust MNsure. They definitely won’t trust single-payer. Further, it’s quite possible that she’ll lose to Tim Walz while pushing him farther left than Walz can afford to go to win the general election.

Murphy’s victory makes life difficult for Chairman Martin because it’s dragging the supposed frontrunner farther left than Martin wanted. Next, whoever wins will have gotten dragged so far left that it’ll be virtually impossible to win in November, mostly because Murphy is a hostile environmental activist. To win, she’ll have to alienate miners and union construction workers like pipefitters. Think heavy equipment operators, too.

This isn’t the script the DFL wanted written at convention-end. Most likely, they’ll have primaries in Tina Smith’s seat, the open Nolan seat, the possibly open State AG seat and the governor’s race. It’s the exact opposite of what Chairman Martin hoped for.

Finally, this situation virtually guarantees a Republican governor in November. Add to that the likelihood of Republicans winning the auditor’s race and the definite possibility of Republicans winning the AG race, coupled with the strong likelihood of maintaining their majorities in the Minnesota House and Senate and you’re looking at a pretty difficult year if you’re Chairman Martin. That’s before mentioning the likelihood of winning the First and Eighth U.S. Congressional districts.

This year, Minnesota has none of the makings of a blue wave.

Briana Bierschbach just tweeted the most shocking news from either convention:

Big upset: Matt Pelikan was just endorsed by acclamation at the DFL convention in Rochester

Here’s how it started:

That unexpected result was followed by this:
Wow. Close ballot between Lori Swanson and @NickPelican for AG. Not surprised. He gave a great speech and Lori didn’t even speak. And I don’t see any Swanson signs on the floor. Sounds like she underestimated her opponent. #DFL2018
Then this:


Doug Wardlow, the MNGOP-endorsed candidate for AG, chimed in with this:


There’s no doubt that Swanson will run in the August primary. Still, this isn’t something she could’ve planned for. Wardlow has run a smart, strong campaign thus far. Here’s something that Wardlow has talked about:

Our frontline prosecutors are not being supported by the current AG – we will change that.

Swanson took her DFL opponent for granted. Wardlow is campaigning on themes that resonate with people on Main Street.