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 BidenJoe BidenJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency 2020 candidates keep fitness on track while on the trail Mark Mellman: The most important moment in history? MORE and other key members of the Obama administration, such as former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderEric Holder says Trump is subject to prosecution after leaving office Eric Holder: Democrats 'have to understand' that 'borders mean something' Trump lawyers ask judge to toss out Dems' tax return lawsuit MORE.

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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.