New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday endorsed Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) in his bid to chair the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
"The Democratic Party stands at a crossroads, and needs leadership that will expand our vision to more Americans — while also intensifying our commitment to our core values. Keith Ellison is that leader," De Blasio told NBC News.
Ellison, who launched his bid to head the DNC last month, has received an array of endorsements within his party, from liberal favorites like Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by the League of Conservation Voters — EPA finalizing rule cutting HFCs Manchin fires warning shot on plan to expand Medicare Democrats steamroll toward showdown on House floor MORE (I-Vt.) to congressional leaders like incoming Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats' do-or-die moment Biden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan Progressives push for fossil subsidy repeal in spending bill MORE (D-N.Y.).
The Minnesota congressman’s run for the position comes as the Democratic Party rebuilds its platform in the wake of President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE’s win over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHeller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 MORE.
Since the election, Ellison has emphasized the need for Democrats to regain support among the working class as it prepares for Trump’s incoming administration.
De Blasio said that because Ellison is "a unifier who worked tirelessly for both Bernie Sanders and then Hillary Clinton, he will bring the party and the grassroots together while broadening and deepening the Democratic Party's connections to the American people."
The Hill reported Tuesday that Labor Secretary Tom Perez will launch a campaign for DNC chair this week.
Ray Buckley and Jamie Harrison, the party chairmen of New Hampshire and South Carolina, respectively, are also in the running.