The seven top candidates vying to be the next chair of of the Democratic National Committee defended Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who is seen as the front-runner, against Israeli-American billionaire Haim Saban had labelled him “an anti-Semite.”
During the debate hosted by the Huffington Post, the other candidates were asked if they agreed that Ellison, “would be a disaster for the relationship between the Jewish community and the Democratic Party," as Saban, who is a major donor to the party, has insisted.
Ray Buckley, Jaime Harrison, Sally Boynton-Brown, Pete Buttigieg and Thomas Perez each raised their hand while Jehmu Greene refused to answer the quesiton on the grounds that it was baiting and divisive.
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“Keith Ellison is a great guy,” said Harrison, who currently serves as Chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party. “I don’t believe that there’s an anti-Semitic bone in his body.”
Ellison is among the 50 house Democrats vowing to boycott Donald Trump's inauguration on January 20th.