The Minnesota Democratic Party is asking Minneapolis police to investigate domestic abuse allegations made against attorney general candidate Keith Ellison. A probe by a DFL-hired attorney found the accusations unsubstantiated, but Carleton College analyst Steven Schier says that’s not credible — and to get the issue off Ellison’s back, Democrats need an impartial government agency to arrive at the same conclusion. But Schier says, “The problem is, no such source is available for the D-F-L in the short term, which means this continues to play out in the… media, and that’s not good for Ellison.”
Schier says at some point Ellison’s accuser, Karen Monahan, will have to produce evidence — or the issue will gradually fade away. “But will it fade away in time to allow Keith Ellison to be elected attorney general? That’s far from certain,” he says.