‘I’d be pretty uncomfortable supporting Rep. Omar right now, given … her apparent inability to stop insulting Jews…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Moderate Minnesota Democrats are already looking for ways to primary Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., because of her continuous anti-Semitic comments.
Omar has been in Congress for just over two months, but several state party leaders have begun recruiting potential candidates to run against her in the 2020 election, according to The Hill. Potential candidates include state Sen. Bobby Joe Champion and Minneapolis City Councilwoman Andrea Jankins.
“There’s definitely some buzz going around about it, but it’s more a buzz of ‘is anyone talking about finding someone to run against her’ than it is anyone saying they’re going to run against her or contemplate it,” said state Sen. Ron Latz, a Democrat who represents a portion of Omar’s district. “There’s definitely talk about people wanting someone to run against her.”
Omar has come under heavy criticism from both Republicans and Democrats for the use of anti-Semitic slurs. She suggested pro-Israel lawmakers have dual loyalties and that they pledged their “allegiance to a foreign country.”
The House passed a broad anti-hate resolution in response, though it didn’t name Omar directly. But Omar’s constituents are not pleased with their new representative and plan to do something about it.
“Our community is exasperated by Rep. Omar’s unfulfilled promises to listen and learn from Jewish constituents while seemingly simultaneously finding another opportunity to make an anti-Semitic remark and insult our community,” Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, said in a statement.
Hunegs told The Hill that he met with Omar last month to discuss why her comments were offensive to the Jewish community. But Hunegs said Omar didn’t care.
“Unfortunately, having the opportunity to speak with her about that point didn’t dissuade her making that statement,” he said. “We were appalled.”
Latz, who supported Omar’s rival in the 2018 Democratic primary, said the freshman Democrat should be worried.
“I’d be pretty uncomfortable supporting Rep. Omar right now, given what I’ve learned about her since the election and given her apparent inability to stop insulting Jews,” he said.