Should Keith Ellison be DNC Chairman? Bernie's Leading the Lobbying Effort
"Certainly, I think that we need to have a major shakeup at the DNC. What occurred in the -- during this last election was unacceptable. You need to have a DNC that treats all candidates equally," Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) told MSNBC. "But I think we have to infuse the energy of those who campaigned so hard in the election, the grassroots. It can't be business as usual. That's for sure. We've seen American electorate say business for usual is not going to work."
"There is so much that was wrong with the Trump candidacy, but part of the folks who responded to his call were folks who have seen the genuine failure of the economy to lift up working people."
Days before the election, Ellison told MSNBC that "young people just have got to understand that Donald Trump is trying to demoralize and suppress their vote."
"He's trying to confuse them. His whole game is to throw up stuff about this email thing, which is a total nothingburger that [FBI Director James] Comey just started the other day. He's trying to cast doubt on her and is always trying to reinforce this theme on negativity," he said.
Ellison tweeted after Election Day that he's "sure many of the 46 percent" who were eligible to vote but did not "had their votes suppressed" through measures like voter ID laws.
"We don't prioritize turn out enough," the congressman said. "I am ready to roll my sleeves up. Will you join?"
And this morning, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who took an unsuccessful shot at the Dem nomination, hinted that he may want the job as well.
"Since the election, I have been approached by many Democrats who believe our party needs new leadership," O'Malley said. "I'm taking a hard look at DNC Chair because I know how badly we need to reform our nominating process, articulate a bold progressive vision, recommit ourselves to higher wages and a stronger middle class, and return to our roots as a nationwide, grassroots party."