Published: Fri, March 15, 2019

TOO FAR? Minnesota Democrats Seeking 'Primary Challenger' to Run Against Ilhan Omar

TOO FAR? Minnesota Democrats Seeking 'Primary Challenger' to Run Against Ilhan Omar

The Hill reports that Minnesota Dems are so frustrated with what they see as Omar's blatant anti-Semitism and refusal to learn from her mistakes that they're already talking about holding recruitment for a primary challenger, even though Omar has been in office less than three months.

A spokeswoman for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign has apologized after asking whether the "American-Jewish community has a dual allegiance to the state of Israel" - a comment condemned by Jewish leaders as anti-Semitic.

That's a fairly sharp critique, particularly from someone who represents the same district as Omar, but the evidence that her Minnesota constituents might be better off cutting her tenure in Congress short is mounting. "But his comments make me believe other wise as he has been very blunt on where he stands".

U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) participates in a news conference to call on Congress to cut funding for ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. February 7, 2019.


In her first weeks on the job, Omar sparked outrage for comments that critics said relied on anti-Semitic tropes - first for suggesting that politicians who support Israel do so for financial reasons and then for suggesting that lobbyist are pushing for "allegiance to a foreign country."...

It's typcally hard to replace an incumbent politician, even one as arguably polarizing as Omar, who in her first two months as a congresswoman has sparked contentious debates both as a country and within the party.

Other problematic Democrats might be easier targets.

It was not the first time Omar had been criticized for imputing that Israel's most vocal American backers had been in some way compromised by their support for the state, leading to Democratic infighting over how to respond. A similar scenario may not happen twice in a row.

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