Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.), the Democratic National Committee deputy chair, is expected to announce a last-minute bid for Minnesota attorney general on Tuesday, according to two sources with knowledge of the decision.
Politico reported that two people close to Ellison said he will run after the Democratic incumbent made a surprise decision to run for governor.
"I will make a decision tomorrow because it’s the filling deadline," Ellison said.
After losing to Tom Perez for the DNC chair role, Ellison has been consumed with making sure that progressive-leaning Democrats have a voice in the party. He has been in Congress since 2007 and has served as the DNC deputy chair since last year.
It was reported that Ellison had initially mulled a bid in the attorney general race earlier this year, but he decided not to run after the incumbent Lori Swanson skipped her own expected run for governor and appeared to be prepared to run for re-election. However, that plan backfired after a weekend of drama at the Minnesota Democrat-Farmer-Laborer convention.