Keith Ellison was confronted by allegations on Sunday of domestic abuse of a former girlfriend that surfaced days before the election that will decide the party’s nominee. The allegation that the physical abuse was caught on video was posted to Facebook late Saturday night by the woman’s son, four days before Minnesota’s primary election, where Ellison is facing off against four other Democrats for the open attorney general’s seat.
Ellison is a six-term 5th District congressman and the perceived front-runner in the race.
In a written statement Sunday, Ellison denied the incident. He said he was in a “long-term relationship” that ended in 2016 but he denied the allegation of abuse. “I still care deeply for her well-being,” he wrote. “This video does not exist because I never behaved in this way, and any characterization otherwise is false.”
State Rep. Debra Hilstrom, who also is running for the Democratic nomination for attorney general, recirculated the Facebook post and called on Ellison to answer the allegation. She tweeted the Saturday account from Austin Monahan, the son of Karen Monahan, Ellison’s former longtime girlfriend. By Sunday afternoon the post had been shared more than 2,000 times. Hilstrom was later joined by Democratic candidates Matt Pelikan and Tom Foley, who separately called for Ellison to address the allegation.
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