While Judge Brett Kavanaugh is being grilled in the national spotlight for everything from abusing alcohol to farting to sexual assault, another Democratic politician is somehow being let off the hook for comparable allegations: Rep. Keith Ellison, who is running for Minnesota attorney general.
Ellison's ex-girlfriend, Kim Monahan, has claimed Ellison subjected her to emotional abuse and occasionally became physically abusive. He has denied these claims, but they aren’t going away.
The Hill reports the Republican Senate nominee in Minnesota, Karin Housley, called for an "immediate" state investigation into the allegations against Ellison. Housley believes the allegations "raise significant doubts about Keith Ellison’s fitness to serve as Minnesota’s chief legal officer."
Housely is fighting an uphill battle, though. Democrats are not only determined to clear him of these allegations, but to support his run for attorney general. The Democratic Party in Minnesota, known as the DFL, hired an attorney, Susan Ellingstand, to investigate the abuse claims. The AP reports that Ellingstand found the allegation unsubstantiated, according to her findings.
A few days ago, Ellison said he would ask the House Ethics Committee to investigate the domestic abuse claims against him. “Today I am announcing that I will submit a request for a House Ethics Committee investigation into allegations against me raised by a former partner. I am taking this step now because I am innocent and eager to see this entire matter resolved,” Ellison told BuzzFeed News.
It’s unclear why Ellison has remained relatively unscathed, despite allegations of abuse, and continues to run for Minnesota attorney general — while the attempt to eviscerate Kavanaugh continues with unmitigated zeal both among Democrats and the mainstream media. The double standard is clearly ideological, and is not only bizarre but frankly unfair both to the women who allege abuse on either side, and the men who are enduring allegations.
If society is now to “believe women,” why don’t they believe Ellison’s accuser? The campaign to believe women and vilify men seems to be on one side (progressives) and Ellison’s allegations, as they compare to Kavanaugh’s, are as good example as any.
Nicole Russell (@russell_nm) is a contributor to the Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential blog. She is a journalist who previously worked in Republican politics in Minnesota.