Published: Sun, December 04, 2016
Medical | By Dorothy Lyons

Dean takes himself out of the race for chairman of DNC


National Nurses United today re-affirmed its strong support for Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota to be the next chair of the Democratic National Committee and condemned the latest round vitriolic attacks on Ellison as "symbolic of McCarthy era politics that should have no place in American politics".

While elected officials have chaired the DNC in the past, but many Democrats, including some in the Obama administration, have expressed concerns that leading the party against Donald Trump will be a full-time job.

Dean announced his decision to withdraw from the race Friday in a pre-recorded video message played at a meeting of the Association of State Democratic Chairs in Denver.

In my effort to pursue justice for the African American community, I neglected to scrutinize the words of those such as Khalid Muhammad and Farrakhan who mixed a message of African American empowerment with scapegoating of other communities.

"We can not allow this to become a proxy fight between Bernie Sanders' people and Hillary Clinton's people". Bernie Sanders and incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison followed Ellison into the race November 19, while New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley announced his bid November 29. Hundreds of thousands of voters who went to the polls in 2008 and 2012 stayed home this year, which national Democrats blame for their poor showing in Congress and for the White House.

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The third candidate, New Hampshire party chairman Ray Buckley, touted his neutrality and fairness, noting that he helped Sanders register for his state primary even when some local Clinton supporters tried to remove him from the primary ticket.

MSNBC reporter Hallie Jackson added on Twitter that Dean, who served as DNC chairman from 2005 to 2009, was not ready to endorse another candidate for the job.

Ellison responded via open letter on Thursday, stating that he was committed to Israel's safety and security, and supported a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It wasn't for something Ellison said decades ago but rather a 2010 speech recently unearthed, where Ellison appears to question Israel's influence over USA foreign policy. Does that make sense?

Saban's comments were in response to growing controversies dogging Ellison, among them his past ties to the Nation of Islam, which he renounced in 2006, as well as statements made in 2010 that came to light after a recording was leaked, which have been characterized by some critics as anti-Israel.

The hot topic was choosing a new chair for the committee.

Meanwhile, the Denver Post reports that "s$3 everal others are also eyeing the race, including Ilyse Hogue, the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, who earlier this week laid out her vision of where the DNC should head in a Medium post".

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