Michael Moore touts Ellison for DNC chair: ‘We need fresh blood’

Liberal activist and filmmaker Michael Moore and his allies on the left are furiously making the case for Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) to be the next Democratic National Committee (DNC) leader, casting Saturday’s election as a battle between the old guard and the new.

“The Democrats have a real chance to change things and I know that there’s 400 members plus on the DNC. If any of them are watching right now, you’ve got to do the right thing here,” Moore said on CNN on Thursday night.

“The old guard, God bless them, they’ve got to go. We need fresh blood in there. We need new people. We need Keith Ellison as the DNC chair. To just put in what the old guard wants again — what’s the message to young people out there?”

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Moore has supported Ellison since Election Day, but he and other key figures from the left have increasingly begun framing the vote for DNC chairman as one between the grassroots, represented by Ellison, and the establishment, represented by former Labor Secretary Tom Perez.

Perez has been endorsed by former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBiden: Presume the 'essence' of sexual assault accusations are 'real' Sanders, Warren ask whether there’s room for both in primary Kavanaugh hires attorney amid sexual assault allegations: report MORE and other key members of the Obama administration, such as former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderDem lawmakers slam Trump’s declassification of Russia documents as ‘brazen abuse of power’ Dem lawmaker jabs Trump call for transparency by asking for his tax returns Eric Holder: Trump releasing docs on Russia probe is 'dangerous abuse of power' MORE.

Democrats have done their best to keep from turning the race for DNC chair into a replay of the 2016 presidential primary between Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton: FBI investigation into Kavanaugh could be done quickly Hillary Clinton urges Americans to 'check and reject' Trump's 'authoritarian tendencies' by voting in midterms EXCLUSIVE: Trump says exposing ‘corrupt’ FBI probe could be ‘crowning achievement’ of presidency MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersWarren joins Sanders in support of striking McDonald's workers Kavanaugh allegations could be monster storm brewing for midterm elections      Senate approves 4B spending bill MORE (I-Vt.).

But in the final stretch, those divisions have come have come to the fore.

Allies of Sanders, who backs Ellison for chair, are eager to see one of their own installed atop the DNC, believing the national party rigged the primary against them.

They’ve increasingly begun casting Perez as the establishment favorite and representative of the old guard.

Perez allies are furious at that characterization, saying that Perez has an unmatched progressive resume. He was a civil rights attorney in Holder’s Justice Department and before becoming Obama’s Labor secretary.