Does a video exist of Rep. keith ellison – who just won Minnesota’s Democrat primary for Attorney General – cursing and physically abusing former girlfriend Karen Monahan?
Monahan’s son claims the video exists and he has seen it. Monahan acknowledges it exists but says she doesn’t want to release it.
So far, two women have come forth with similar claims of abuse at the hands of ellison. But making claims and having a supporting video are, obviously, very different things.
And claiming there is a video without producing it puts a huge hole in the credibility of such a claim.
If this video exists, why would Karen Monahan not release it?
Here’s her answer, via Briana Bierschbach’s article for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:
“It sets the expectation for survivors of all kinds of forms of abuse, whether it be abuse toward women, abuse from police officers, abuse from other people in power, to have to be the ones, like I’m doing right now, to show and prove their stories,” she said. “It’s feeding into that.”
Does that make sense? Maybe.
And maybe it is something else she does not want to talk about – e.g. she is embarrassed by her own actions on the video, or she might be undressed in it. Who can say for sure?
In any event, it seems to me that ellison’s future as an Attorney General candidate – maybe in politics altogether – rides on whether the video exists and what it shows.
If it is never produced, Karen Monahan looks like a fraud and ellison’s credibility is significantly elevated. Ditto if it is produced but doesn’t show what Monahan’s son claims.
If, on the other hand, it surfaces and shows the physical and verbal abuse her son described? Bye-bye keith.