Twitchy has the story: a 25-year-old man did a lengthy Facebook post in which he claimed that Congressman, Deputy DNC Chairman and Minnesota Attorney General candidate Keith Ellison abused his mother, a woman named Karen Monahan:
In the middle of 2017, I was using my moms computer trying to download something and I clicked on a file, I found over 100 text and twitters messages and video almost 2 min long that showed Keith Ellison dragging my mama off the bed by her feet, screaming and calling her a “f*cking bitch” and telling her to get the f*ck out of his house. The messages I found, were mixed with him consistently telling my mom he wanted her back, he missed her, he knew he f*cked up and we wished he could do things different, he would victim shaming, bully her, and threaten her if she went public.
This is evidently Karen Monahan’s Twitter feed. She is a left-wing activist who describes herself as an “organizer at Sierra Club” and campaigner against “narcissist abuse.” Ms. Monahan has confirmed her son’s claims on both Facebook and Twitter:
I am so proud of my son for his courage. But this situation impacted me. If you have anything to say, please say it me and leave him out of it. No nasty comments to him https://t.co/UC84loHz1m
— Karen Monahan (@KarenMonahan01) August 12, 2018
With the primary only days away, two rival candidates for Attorney General, Debra Hilstrom and Matt Pelikan, have called on Ellison to respond to the Monahan’s claims. So the matter is squarely in the public domain. Whether local media will touch the story is another question.
I, of course, have no idea whether the Karen Monahan story is true or not. But speaking as a Republican, I hope the story blows over and Ellison wins the primary on Tuesday. We haven’t had a Republican Attorney General in 40 years, and if the Democrats nominate an anodyne candidate, he or she will win. Ellison is the one candidate in the race who is well-known and controversial enough that he could lose, especially with a domestic abuse allegation hanging over his head.
UPDATE: More, also via Twitchy: Ellison’s own Twitter feed confirms his romantic relationship with Karen Monahan:
— Keith Ellison (@keithellison) September 3, 2016
Ellison tweeted this photo of Monahan with her son Austin, who apparently wrote the Facebook post:
One of Minnesota's own EJ superstars, Karen Francis Monahan and her son, Austin, on her birthday! pic.twitter.com/qS4mSGl3lW
— Keith Ellison (@keithellison) April 11, 2016
As of this writing, Ellison has not made a public statement, nor have local media covered the story.