You may recall that Keith Ellison took part in a debate last week as part of his bid to become Attorney General in Minnesota. During the event, he was pressed about allegations of physical and emotional abuse raised by his former girlfriend, Karen Monahan. At the time, Ellison continued to proclaim his innocence, but insisted that “an investigation is ongoing” and they hoped to have it finished soon. His GOP opponent responded by saying that the investigation was being done by friends of Ellison from his own party and was a sham.
Now the woman in question has joined in the discussion. Monahan contacted the Daily Caller News Foundation and told them the investigation ended two weeks ago and she’s heard nothing more.
The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, the Minnesota arm of the Democratic Party, concluded its investigation into domestic abuse allegations against Rep. Keith Ellison two weeks ago, Karen Monahan told The Daily Caller News Foundation on Sunday.
Monahan, a Sierra Club activist and Ellison’s ex-girlfriend, accused the Minnesota Democrat of emotionally and physically abusing her during their relationship.
“I only know the MNDFL did an investigation that ended two weeks ago,” Monahan wrote in a private Twitter message to TheDCNF on Sunday.
That was where things stood when the DFL originally failed to respond to a request for comment from the DCNF, but they later came back and denied Monahan’s claims.
A representative from the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (MNDFL) has since disputed Monahan’s claim and told The Daily Caller News Foundation Sunday night that “the independent investigation is ongoing,” but did not reveal any further details.
To a certain extent, you can see why the DFL wouldn’t want to comment on an ongoing investigation. But shouldn’t they at least be keeping the accuser in the loop? It’s rather strange that the person most affected by the outcome wouldn’t at least be getting some periodic updates. They say they’re still working on it, but it’s sounding more and more like it’s dropped down the memory hole.
Perhaps a better question is what’s going on at the DNC. After all, Ellison is second in command there so his actions reflect on the organization. When the charges were first raised, the DNC said that they would be fully investigating the matter. But now they say they’ve abandoned the effort in favor of the DFL in Minnesota, preferring to let the state party handle it. So that’s it? If the people essentially in thrall to Ellison back home wipe their hands and claim nothing was found, is Karen Monahan supposed to simply walk away?
Democrats, both at the state and federal level seem to be very big on calling for sexual assault and harassment hearings these days. But they’re not so much on following through and doing the actual work.