‘There is no place for divisiveness in our politics…’
Dan McCready, the Democrat running in the still-contested race for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, refunded Omar’s full contribution to his campaign, which amounted to $2,000, according to recent Federal Election Commission filings.
“Dan feels strongly that there is no place for divisiveness in our politics,” McCready campaign spokesman Aaron Simpson said in a statement to The Hill.
McCready lost the race in November by a margin of just over 900 votes in the historically conservative but recently court-gerrymandered district.
During a dramatic hearing in January, Harris bowed out, citing health concerns, and the board scheduled a new contest for later this year.
Benefiting from both a robust war-chest and the slew of harmful headlines plaguing state Republicans, McCready hopes to give as little ammunition as possible to his field of potential GOP challengers, currently led by conservative state Sen. Dan Bishop.
“Our campaign is focused on bringing people together,” Simpson said. “As such, Dan [McCready] felt it was appropriate to return the donation from then-candidate Omar.”
Rep. Lucy McBath, D-Ga., a fellow freshman Democrat, also rejected Omar’s $2,000 donation that was made March 27.
The Washington Free Beacon discovered Omar had contributed to McBath’s campaign, but McBath conveniently left the contribution off her quarterly fundraising report.
When pressed, McBath’s campaign admitted they didn’t include it because they decided to reject it, according to the Atlanta Journal–Constitution.
McBath also received a campaign contribution from Omar last October, but that money has not been returned, according to the Free Beacon.
Omar has continued to be the center of controversy, frequently criticizing the U.S.-Israeli alliance, and even suggested that pro-Israel lawmakers only support Israel because they receive money from Jewish lobbyists.
Omar suggested that pro-Israel lobbying groups were pushing “for allegiance to a foreign country,” invoking the common anti-Semitic trope of dual loyalty. And in a since-deleted tweet, she claimed U.S. politicians’ defense of Israel was “all about the Benjamins baby.”
In response, the House passed a broad anti-hate resolution condemning the use of anti-Semitic slurs, though it didn’t name Omar directly.
Omar became the focus of criticism once again last week when a video emerged of her downplaying the 9/11 terrorist attacks in a speech to the Council on American–Islamic Relations as “some people who did something.”
President Trump blasted Omar, writing on Twitter, “WE WILL NEVER FORGET.”
WE WILL NEVER FORGET! pic.twitter.com/VxrGFRFeJM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2019
But the controversy has not been all bad for Omar.
The widespread public exposure helped her raise $832,000 in the first three months of 2019—even if some of her fellow party-members don’t want to accept it.