by Peter Hasson
Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez on Thursday refused to say whether he believed liberal Sierra Club activist Karen Monahan, who has accused Democratic Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison of physically and emotionally abusing her.
Ellison, the deputy chair of the DNC, has denied Monahan’s allegations but the committee has so far declined to say whether it believes Ellison or his accuser.
A tracker for Republican opposition research group America Rising on Thursday managed to catch Perez at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, where the DNC is holding its summer meeting.
“Mr. Perez, do you believe the allegations against Keith Ellison? Mr. Perez? … Why haven’t you asked Keith Ellison to step down while the review is being conducted? Mr. Perez?” video obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation shows the tracker asking.
“These are pretty serious things that deserve serious answers,” the tracker added. Perez passed on all of the questions.
The DNC has remained quiet on the Ellison allegations since releasing a statement on Aug. 14 pledging to review the allegations, which the committee said “should be taken seriously.”
The statement came just hours before Ellison locked up the party’s nomination for Minnesota attorney general.
Since then, the committee has repeatedly declined requests for comment from TheDCNF.
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Peter Hasson is a reporter at Daily Caller News Foundation. Follow Peter on Twitter @PeterJHasson.