Reid endorses Ellison for DNC chief
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Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidNevada congressman admits to affair after relationship divulged on podcast Overnight Energy: 600K clean energy jobs lost during pandemic, report finds | Democrats target diseases spread by wildlife | Energy Dept. to buy 1M barrels of oil Bottom line MORE (D-Nev.) says he supports making Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

“My friend Keith Ellison is a terrific leader and a strong progressive who knows how to get things done,” he said Sunday, according to NBC News.


“Now is the time for new thinking and a fresh start at the DNC,” the retiring lawmaker added. "Now is the time for Keith.”

Democrats are reeling from President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpMulvaney: 'We've overreacted a little bit' to coronavirus Former CBS News president: Most major cable news outlets 'unrelentingly liberal' in 'fear and loathing' of Trump An old man like me should be made more vulnerable to death by COVID-19 MORE’s shocking victory over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Americans debate life under COVID-19 risks The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip Stakes high for Collins in coronavirus relief standoff MORE last Tuesday. Some of the backlash following her defeat has been laid at the feet of the DNC, which was targeted by Wikileaks. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz stepped down as chairwoman earlier this summer after her emails were released, and interim Chairwoman Donna Brazile also landed in hot water, when emails showed she gave debate questions to the Clinton campaign ahead of time. 

Ellison has emerged as a top contender for the committee chairmanship following several major endorsements.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHillicon Valley: Tech companies lead way on WFH forever | States and counties plead for cybersecurity assistance | Trump weighing anti-conservative bias panel Biden wins Hawaii primary Warren to host high-dollar fundraiser for Biden MORE (I-Vt.) on Thursday backed Ellison, giving him support from Clinton’s biggest rival in the Democratic presidential primary.

Sen. Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocratic leaders say Trump testing strategy is 'to deny the truth' about lack of supplies Trump slams Sessions: 'You had no courage & ruined many lives' Senate Democrats call on Trump administration to let Planned Parenthood centers keep PPP loans MORE (D-N.Y.), who is set to be the next Senate minority leader, followed suit the same day.

Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, has not formally launched a bid for the DNC chairmanship.

Former Gov. Howard Dean (D-Vt.) on Thursday announced he would run for the position again, after having previously held it from 2005-09.

Former Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-Md.), meanwhile, on Friday said he is “taking a hard look” at a DNC bid after his unsuccessful White House run earlier this year.

Reports emerged Friday that Labor Secretary Tom Perez (D) is additionally eyeing the chairmanship.

Election night was big for the GOP across the board. Republicans kept their House and Senate majorities intact, meaning their party will dominate the executive and legislative branches under Trump.