Sen. Charles Schumer, set to be the next Senate minority leader, is reportedly backing Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) to serve as chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
Citing a source close to the New York Democrat, Politico reported Friday that Schumer spoke with Ellison on Thursday and “supports him for chair.”
“Without a Democratic White House, Schumer's view is the DNC is where grassroots organizing in sync with leg battles should be organized,” the source said.
The reported endorsement comes a day after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) also threw his support behind Ellison, a co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the first Muslim elected to Congress.
Another progressive favorite, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), said in an interview with MSNBC that Ellison, who has expressed interest in the job, would make a “terrific” DNC leader.