Minnesota Dems Looking for Primary Challenger to Ilhan Omar

Clay Curtis
March 15, 2019

'I'd be pretty uncomfortable supporting Rep. Omar right now, given ... her apparent inability to stop insulting Jews...'

Several party leaders said they have had discussions about finding a candidate to take on Omar, just two months into her first term in Congress.

After a series of controversial statements and gaffes from Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), some Democrats are already plotting and planning in order to get rid of her and limit the damage she's doing to their party.

"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. "Ilhan Omar went from being a Somalian refugee to a fearless Congresswoman on the hill, and has demonstrated that she is willing to learn", she continued. "There's definitely talk about people wanting someone to run against her", said Democratic state Sen.

Bee attempted to defend Omar by noting that she did apologize when enough pressure was put upon her, which was immediately undone by the fact that Omar later spoke about how the Israel lobby forces Jews to have "dual loyalty".

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The House passed a broad anti-hate resolution in response, though it didn't name Omar directly.

Bee also pointed out that Omar is just one of a group of freshman representatives that are not satisfied with the status quo and have brought to the forefront a number of hard and long-overdue conversations, including that of Israel and Palestine, and she encouraged Democrats to take control of that conversation.

"Omar should be censured", Spero said, according to CBN News, adding that she should be "removed from the powerful and influential House Foreign Affairs Committee that Speaker Pelosi surprisingly granted to this first-year legislator".

"Unfortunately, having the opportunity to speak with her about that point didn't dissuade her making that statement", he told the Hill on Wednesday.

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