Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), set to be the next Senate Minority Leader, is reportedly supporting Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) to serve as chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
Politico, citing a source close to the New York Senator reported on 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,” according to the source. This comes as others like former DNC chair and Vermont Governor Howard Dean have launched their own campaigns to run the embattled organization.
Earlier, former two term Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley who before openly criticizing Hillary Clinton was rumored to be under consideration for the leadership position during the primaries, announced that he is “taking a hard look” at running as well.
Ellison, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, has not officially thrown his hat in the ring, though he has said he will make an announcement on Monday.
On Thursday evening, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, one of the leaders of the liberal wing of the party, said on MSNBC that Ellison would make a “terrific” DNC chair, while she being relatively icy to Dean’s bid.