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  Sabo gives cold shoulder to fellow Democrat (Keith) Ellison
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MediaNewspaper - The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
News DateFriday, November 3, 2006 03:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionWASHINGTON - Democratic congressional candidate Keith Ellison heads into the final days of his campaign without the endorsement of one key Democrat: Rep. Martin Sabo, who for 28 years has held the Minneapolis-area seat Ellison is seeking.

Sabo has declined interview requests, but most associates say he's likely stayed on the sideline in deference to his longtime chief of staff, Mike Erlandson, who lost the DFL Party primary to Ellison in September.

"The primary reason is that Martin is loyal to Mike Erlandson, who served Martin well, and was a loyal supporter of Martin's," said Mark Andrew, a former DFL Party chairman. "There's a certain amount of respect being articulated in Martin's silence."

Sabo actively backed Erlandson in the primary.

"I think it's indicative of how disappointed he was that Mike Erlandson wasn't selected," said state Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis. "He clearly had his hopes on Mike Erlandson taking his place."
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