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REPORT: Minnesota Dems Are Looking for an Omar Primary Challenger in 2020

"I’d be pretty uncomfortable supporting Rep. Omar right now, given what I’ve learned about her since the election..."

By NTK Staff | 03.14.2019 @1:33pm
REPORT: Minnesota Dems Are Looking for an Omar Primary Challenger in 2020

Some Minnesota Democrats are reportedly looking for someone to launch a primary challenge against Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) after her recent string of anti-Semitic comments, which drew condemnations from both sides of the political aisle.

The Hill reported on Thursday:

“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.”

Jewish community leaders in Minnesota are still outraged by Omar’s string of anti-Semitic comments, even after having met with Omar one-on-one to discuss the controversial remarks.

“Unfortunately, having the opportunity to speak with her about that point didn’t dissuade her making that statement,” Steve Hunegs, the executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota, told The Hill. “We were appalled.”

“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. There’s definitely talk about people wanting someone to run against her,” state Senator Ron Latz (D-MN), who represents a portion of Omar’s district, told The Hill.

“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,” Latz added.

Some of the names being floated to challenge Omar include “Bobby Joe Champion, a state senator who has served in the legislature for a decade,” and “Minneapolis City Councilwoman Andrea Jenkins, the first openly transgender African-American woman elected to public office in the United States.”

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