One of the country’s most powerful labor organizations is backing Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) for Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair, Politico reported Friday.
The Service Employees International Union's (SEIU) support isn’t a formal endorsement, but it is calling on its members who can vote for DNC chair to cast their votes for Ellison.
Ellison, who is campaigning for the top DNC job as an anti-establishment progressive, has already won the support of other powerful labor unions, including the AFL-CIO, the United Auto Workers and the Teamsters.
The Minnesota Democrat’s fiercest rival for DNC chair is former Labor Secretary Tom Perez, who has won the endorsements of the United Farm Workers and the Commercial Workers International Union, among others.
Both Ellison and Perez have received the support of some of the Democratic Party’s highest-profile figures. Progressive firebrand and former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders says he will introduce 'Medicare for all' bill Sunday shows preview: Aftermath of failed healthcare bill Michael Moore warns Dems: Now is not the time to gloat MORE (I-Vt.) is backing Ellison for the job, while former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden: I regret not being president Biden: 'McCain is right: Need select committee' for Russia With no emerging leaders, no clear message, Democrats flounder MORE has endorsed Perez.
Perez’s campaign said on Tuesday that 180 DNC members had pledged their votes to him. He will need 224 votes to win. The election is next week in Atlanta.