Until last week, Karen Monahan’s progressive credentials had been impeccable. But now the activist is one of two women who have accused one of the top figures on the left of physical and emotional abuse.
Born in Iran before the Islamic Revolution, she was adopted by American parents and not only identified as an Iranian-American, but also worked with the pro-regime National Iranian American Council (NIAC).
Keith Ellison was also a NIAC regular. He had spoken before the Iranian group and had received fundraising support from it. The first Muslim congressman from Minnesota, with a list of Islamist and leftist connections as long as his right arm, was a natural NIAC ally.
Monahan had also been an organizer with the Sierra Club and worked with the Environmental Justice Advocates of Minnesota (EJAM). Ellison was one of the founders of EJAM. Both Ellison and Monahan were leftists moving through the same claustrophobic maze of Minnesota leftist political organizations.
At some point after Ellison’s divorce from his wife, Kim Ellison, they began a relationship that lasted for years until it ended in 2016. Now, Karen Monahan is accusing Ellison of domestic abuse. Her tweets and statement allege that Ellison assaulted her, cheated on her and badly traumatized her.
The accusation threatens to upend Ellison’s bid for Minnesota Attorney General. The DNC deputy chair had already raised $212,745 which puts him far ahead of his Democrat rivals and likely GOP opponent. That doesn’t include a pro-Ellison PAC with $200,000 on hand funded mostly by George Soros’ son.
While some groups on the left have expressed discomfort with Ellison over these accusations, George Soros had already made it clear with the Franken case that he intends to side with Democrats accused of abuse over their female accusers. He has also threatened the female Democrats who call out abuse by men like Franken. The pro-Ellison PAC hasn’t spent its money yet and when it does so, it will have a major impact on the race. Despite the scandal, the Soros family could still buy the race for Ellison.
And there is also no definitive evidence of Keith Ellison’s guilt. But the story is an eerily familiar one.
Like Monahan, Amy Alexander was an EJAM volunteer. Also like her, she first met Ellison at one of his talks and he impressed her with his passion and political commitments. Monahan, Alexander and Ellison all shared a Catholic background, left-wing politics and a complex racial mix. And Ellison appeared to guide their political engagements, moving them through organizations controlled by his allies.
The similarities of the two stories of these two women are all the more remarkable because they occurred many years apart. Both women allege a pattern of psychological abuse by Ellison. Both claim that he had an explosive temper, that he assaulted them and used his political allies to smear them.
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