Only 5% of Minnesota Democrats believe Keith Ellison’s accuser

Only 5% of Minnesota Democrats believe Keith Ellison’s accuser
Keith Ellison (Image: YouTube screen grab)

By Tim Pearce

Few Democratic voters in Minnesota believe that Rep. Keith Ellison abused his ex-girlfriend Karen Monahan while the two were dating, according to a poll released Wednesday.

The Minnesota Star Tribune and Minnesota Public Radio News polled 800 likely voters between Sept. 10 and 12 on the Minnesota attorney general race. In response to a question on whether each voter believed the allegations leveled at Ellison are true, 5% of Democrats responded “yes,” 30% responded “no” and 65% were unsure.

More than eight times the number of Republicans, 42%, believed Monahan’s allegations. Fifteen percent of Republicans said the allegations are false and 43% are not sure.

Monahan, an environmental organizer with the Sierra Club, has accused the Minnesota Democrat of emotionally and physically abusing her when the two were dating sometime after Ellison divorced in 2012 until Ellison and Monahan split in 2016.

The poll results could vary by plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

The Democratic Party has largely ignored the allegations against Ellison, which he denies. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is a different matter, however, and Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez has called for an investigation into decades-old allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted someone while in high school.

Monahan posted pictures of a 2017 doctor’s report Wednesday corroborating her story and naming Ellison as her abuser. (RELATED: ‘Emotional And Physical Abuse’: Ellison Accuser Posts Doctor’s Report Naming Congressman As Alleged Abuser)

“She states that she was in a very stressful environment for years, emotional and physical abuse by a partner with whom she is now separated,” the report reads. “She did not have any physical injuries that required an examination in the past. She identifies the individual she was involved with as congressman Ellison, and she is worried about retribution if she identifies him publicly.”

Key evidence still missing in the ongoing scandal is a two-minute video that is alleged to show Ellison screaming at Monahan while dragging her by her feet. Monahan’s son, who first made the allegations against Ellison in a viral Facebook post, claims to have seen it, yet neither he nor his mother have produced it. Ellison denies it exists.

Monahan complained Monday that Democrats have done more than ignore the charges against Ellison and members of the party have actively tried to silence and discredit her.

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