THE GOOD NEWS: Muslim Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) is calling it quits in congress. THE BAD NEWS: He is running for Minnesota Attorney General.
Washington Times Rep. Keith Ellison announced Tuesday that he is running for attorney general of Minnesota, vowing to be the “(Muslim) People’s Lawyer” and signaling an interest in using the courts to thwart President Trump’s agenda. “No one — not even a president — is above the law,” Mr. Ellison said in his announcement.
“From immigration reform to protecting our air and water, it has never been more important to have a leader as attorney general who can stand up against threats to our neighbors’ health and freedoms,” he said.
Larry Jacobs, director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance in the Hubert H. Humphrey School and the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota, said Mr. Ellison had been looking for another challenge after becoming frustrated with serving in the Republican-controlled House and as deputy vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
Mr. Jacobs said Mr. Ellison, if he wins, could join a cadre of Democrats serving as state attorneys general who have fought Mr. Trump and his policies, including on the environment, immigration and health care. “If you kind of look around the country there have been a handful of state attorney generals who have been leading the fight against Trump,” Mr. Jacobs said. “I think he will be part of that.
Scott Will, executive director of the Republican Attorneys General Association, said Mr. Ellison cannot be trusted as the state’s chief legal officer. “Keith Ellison will not defend the rule of law; he will not protect you,” Mr. Will said. “Ellison the Extremist is completely unfit to serve as attorney general of Minnesota.”