Minnesota Attorney General Keith ellisonKeith EllisonMinneapolis votes against measure to replace police department The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Biden, Democrats to reduce agenda Minnesota AG raises charges against former police officer for the murder of Daunte Wright MORE He is seeking re-election as legal director of the Gopher estate, after making headlines earlier this year when a jury found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of the murder of George Floyd.
The Minnesota Democratic-Peasant-Labor party announced in a statement that Ellison will officially announce his re-election plans during a news conference Monday afternoon.
Sen. Elizabeth Klobuchar (D-Minnesota), St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter III, and Minnesota Farmers Union President Gary Wertish are ready to support Ellison, according to the state party.
Ellison, who previously represented Minnesota in the United States House of Representatives, made history when he was elected attorney general in 2018, becoming the first black attorney general in the state. He also broke down barriers in Congress, becoming the first Muslim elected to serve on Capitol Hill in 2007.
Ellison assembled a coalition of lawyers from the private sector and from his office to prosecute the case against Chauvin, who was charged with three counts in connection with Floyd’s murder.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Waltz (D) announced in May 2020, days after Floyd’s death, that Ellison would take the lead in the prosecution in the case.
The case, which attracted nationwide attention and sparked a nationwide racial settling of scores, ended with a unanimous jury vote to convict Chauvin of second-degree murder, second-degree murder, and third-degree murder.
Ellison, following the guilty verdicts, said Floyd had no responsibility for his death.
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That proposal reportedly included a bill that aimed to create consistent guidelines for when actions are deemed justified, in addition to an initiative calling for the establishment of new versions of the police.
Ellison edged out Republican Doug Wardlow, a former state representative, in the 2018 race for attorney general. He is running again for attorney general next year.
Wardlow criticized the attorney general’s tenure in a statement following reports that Ellison would launch a reelection campaign.
“Keith Ellison’s tenure as Attorney General has been a disaster for all Minnesotans. It has fostered a climate of lawlessness that has led to a skyrocketing crime rate across our state, ”Wardlow said.
Minnesota voters are fed up with Keith Ellison’s radical agenda and will not grant him a second term. As Attorney General, I will ensure that violent criminals who terrorize our communities are aggressively prosecuted. I will make sure that the violation of the law has consequences, “he added.
Statement from Doug Wardlow on Keith Ellison’s reelection announcement pic.twitter.com/T71iaPR4VH
– Doug Wardlow (@doug_wardlow) November 15, 2021