While campaigning last fall to be Minnesota’s next attorney general, Keith Ellison was accused of only wanting the position so he could take on President Donald Trump. The former congressman and deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee was too political to effectively serve as the state’s top prosecutor, opponents charged.
In the first two months of his tenure, Ellison has done little to quiet the critics.
Rather, joining with Democrats from other states, Ellison has won two injunctions and filed three other lawsuits against the Trump administration, according to a memo his office prepared for the News Tribune Editorial Board. The legal actions — related to reproductive rights, Trump’s push for a border wall, and other issues — were listed at the top of a three-page detailing of “accomplishments” during Ellison’s first 65 days in office.
Separating politics from the work he was elected to do certainly does seem to be the challenge many suspected it would be for Ellison.
He, of course, sees things differently.
“I’ve said this to you, and only time will be able to show that I really mean this, I didn’t leave a safe seat in Congress just to fight with the Trump administration. I’m not going to sit up here and tell you that I’m not a liberal. I am. … But I didn’t leave Congress to come here to fight with…