Prominent Jewish Democrat calls on Schumer to abandon Ellison in DNC race

A prominent Jewish Democratic lawmaker in New York City is launching a petition to force Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to abandon his support for Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., to assume control of the Democratic National Committee, the Washington Free Beacon has exclusively learned.

Dov Hikind, a 34-year Democratic New York state assemblyman and leading pro-Israel voice, disclosed to the Free Beacon late Monday that he has started a petition meant to pressure Schumer into pulling his public support for Ellison, who has long been accused of holding anti-Israel positions that fall out of the mainstream Democratic party.

Electing Ellison to head the DNC would send a message that the Democrats have embraced anti-Israel policies and no longer care about being a centrist party in touch with mainstream America, according to Hikind, who lashed out against Schumer and Ellison in a wide-ranging interview with the Free Beacon.

Hikind's public campaign against Ellison comes just weeks before the Democratic party is set to elect its new leader, with most polls showing that Ellison is the frontrunner.

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