Ellison pushes to become next DNC chair
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Rep. Keith Ellison has officially jumped into the race to lead the Democratic Party. 

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"Democrats win when we harness the power of everyday people and fight for the issues they care about. It is not enough for Democrats to ask for voters' support every two years. We must be with them through every lost paycheck, every tuition hike, and every time they are the victim of a hate crime. ... We must begin the rebuilding process now," he said in a statement. 
 
He appeared on MSNBC Monday evening to further promote his bid for the leadership role. He's the first Muslim elected to Congress and is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. 
 
"The real issue is vision, where are you going to take the party," Ellison said. "My vision is to focus our attention on strengthening the grassroots, put our priority on voter turnout, and to campaign 365 days a year and then talking door to door with people in their neighborhoods and in their communities."
 
Ellison touted his work ethic in response to a question about former DNC chairman Howard Dean, who is also seeking the job and has said he thinks it should be a full-time position for whoever holds it. 
 
"I have a work ethic that people who know me know that nobody’s going to outwork me," Ellison said. "I’m going to be tireless working all the time and I’m going to be making sure that the message gets to the people."
 
"This is not a job just for one person, we’re going to raise and inspire millions of people all over this country, anybody who thinks this is just one guys who is going to do everything, it’s not true, my vision will be to empower people across the grassroots."
 
Ellison already has the backing of a handful of Democratic heavyweights — including former presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate The media have fallen out of love with Bernie, but have voters? Steyer rolls out 5B plan to invest in historically black colleges MORE (I-Vt.), outgoing Senate Democratic Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidNevada journalist: Harry Reid will play 'significant role' in Democratic primary The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - A crucial week on impeachment The Hill's Morning Report — Pelosi makes it official: Trump will be impeached MORE (Nev.) and likely future Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerKrystal Ball: Is this how Bernie Sanders will break the establishment? TikTok chief cancels Capitol Hill meetings, inflaming tensions Overnight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Deal on surprise medical bills faces obstacles | House GOP unveils rival drug pricing measure ahead of Pelosi vote | Justices to hear case over billions in ObamaCare payments MORE (N.Y.). 
 
His campaign for leader also released a slew of other endorsements as a show of force, including Sens. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyWhy the Democrats' impeachment drive is in trouble — and what Nancy Pelosi needs to do about it The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - A crucial week on impeachment Senate braces for brawl on Trump impeachment rules MORE (Conn.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharPoll: Biden leads Democratic field, Warren drops to third place 'Minor league cities' need new federal partnership The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - Democrats to release articles of impeachment today MORE (Minn.), Reps. Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.), Mark PocanMark William PocanHouse progressives may try to block vote on Pelosi drug bill Overnight Health Care: House to vote next week on drug prices bill | Conway says Trump trying to find 'balance' on youth vaping | US spent trillion on hospitals in 2018 Progressive leader warns members could vote no on drug price bill as it stands MORE (Wis.) and DNC vice chairman R.T. Rybak, as well as the Minnesota, Wisconsin and Hawaii Democratic Party chairs. 
 
Ellison is the co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and he was an outspoken supporter of Sanders's presidential bid. 
 
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is considering a bid, as well.
 
Updated 8:44 p.m.