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Ellison: Obama To Blame For Democratic Party Losses

Democrats struggled in last year’s election partly because President Obama was not effective enough as the “party leader,” according to the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

The Hill reported that the official, Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, declared Wednesday during a speech at the University of Minnesota: “Look, I’m a great fan of President Obama. I totally voted for many of the things he supported — Dodd Frank, Affordable Care Act, Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act — I could keep going. Wonderful achievements. But Barack Obama could have been a better party leader, and I think the fact that he wasn’t put his legacy in jeopardy.”

While Ellison praised the former president for being “great at getting himself elected,” he accused him of not doing enough to help Democrats win congressional seats. “Your legacy is not a building that he’s going to construct in Chicago housing his presidential papers,” the congressman said. “His legacy is the work he’s done, which I believe is tremendous. But given we lost a lot of statehouse seats, governorships, secretary of states, his true legacy is in danger, and I think he can’t say that he wasn’t part of those losses. Who else, right?”

Last November, Republicans captured the White House and increased their majorities in the Senate and House of Representatives. Donald Trump won a number of states, including several Democratic strongholds in the nation’s Rust Belt, that had voted for Obama in previous elections.

DNC Chairman Tom Perez is traveling the country with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to advocate the Democrats’ legislative agenda and promote progressive congressional candidates for the 2018 midterm election. Their goals are to win control of the Senate, make gains in the House, and improve the party’s performance in state gubernatorial and legislative races. Twenty-four states have GOP governors and legislatures.

Ellison argued that last year was not the first time Obama failed to campaign effectively for his fellow Democrats. “He should have been far more out there in 2010, which was a year when we were going to be doing redistricting,” the lawmaker explained. “He should’ve been campaigning like he was on the ballot and should have been very visible.”

Source: The Hill
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