For Immediate Release: August 20, 2018
New York, New York - U.S. Senate candidate Chele Farley (R, C, Reform) today called on Kirsten Gillibrand to end her silence on abuse allegations against former congressman and Democratic National Committee (DNC) Vice Chairman Keith Ellison, who is running for Attorney General in Minnesota. Gillibrand, who led the charge in pushing for the resignation of Senate colleague and squash partner Al Franken, and who earlier this year said former President Bill Clinton should have resigned over his affair with Monica Lewinsky, has been conspicuously silent when it comes to Ellison.
“Another day, another double standard from Kirsten Gillibrand. Ellison is important to Gillibrand’s 2020 presidential fantasy, and as a result she has been dodging questions, worried that Ellison's position as DNC Vice Chair could cost her support among party members,” said Farley.According to a report in the Washington Post, Gillibrand has not issued a statement about Ellison, and her press office has not responded to requests for comments.
Moreover, the investigation of the allegations against Ellison are being reviewed by the DNC, not the House Ethics Committee.Farley’s criticism of Gillibrand comes after the president of the National Organization for Women, Toni Van Pelt, called for Ellison to withdraw from the Attorney General’s race, stating, “In the meantime, Keith Ellison must withdraw from the race and not put Minnesotans through another cycle of political scandal. They’ve been through enough. It’s very simple. We believe survivors. Politics doesn’t matter. We believe survivors.”Gillibrand’s silence stands in stark contrast to her swift and definitive rejection of Franken. Gillibrand wrote in a Facebook post, “While Senator Franken is entitled to have the Ethics Committee conclude its review, I believe it would be better for our country if he sent a clear message that any kind of mistreatment of women in our society isn’t acceptable by stepping aside to let someone else serve.”
"This is just the latest hypocrisy from New York’s one-time gun-toting, ‘build that wall’ tobacco queen whose campaign is bankrolled by Harvey Weinstein’s protectors,” said Farley.Farley has repeatedly called on Gillibrand to return over $800,000 in contributions from her number-one donor, the Boies Schiller law firm, which served as Harvey Weinstein’s protector and enabler.
Concluded Farley, “For Kirsten Gillibrand, the self-anointed leader of the #MeToo movement, it’s really all about #MeFirst. As long as Ellison has power Gillibrand will tow the line and stay silent.”