Minnesota Democrats Hatch Plan To Get Rid Of Rep Ilhan Omar

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Minnesota Democrats are angry with Rep. Ilhan Omar and her antisemitic comments and self righteous attitude.

The party is considering making her a one term Congresswoman by having someone else campaign for Congress in her place in 2020, The Hill reported.

Some Minnesota Democrats, aghast at controversial comments made by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D), are taking initial steps to recruit a candidate to run against her in next year’s primary election, seeking to buck history in one of the nation’s most progressive legislative districts.


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.

But even those who were deeply offended by Omar’s comments about Israel concede they have not yet found anyone to challenge her.

“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,” State Sen. Ron Latz said.

“There’s definitely talk about people wanting someone to run against her,” he told The Hill.


“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, who is the executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, told The Hill.

“Unfortunately, having the opportunity to speak with her about that point didn’t dissuade her making that statement,” he said. “We were appalled.”

“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 said.

No House Democrat from Minnesota has ever lost a bid for renomination, according to University of Minnesota political scientist Eric Ostermeier, author of the Smart Politics blog.

Only two House members from Minnesota have ever lost primaries, most recently more than a century ago.

“While she has created a significant amount of controversy for herself and said things that have offended many Americans, I’m not sure that one could make the case that she is in trouble yet,” Mike Erlandson, a former Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) chairman, said.

Jenkins told The Hill on Wednesday she is not interested in running for Congress, and she backs Omar for reelection.

“Support is really strong for Congresswoman Omar, but certainly there is some acrimony. I think people feel like she’s being unfairly targeted,” Jenkins told the Hill. “I love my job. I’m really close to the people I represent.”

But a representative for Omar’s campaign said that they are not afraid of a primary challenge for the controversial Congresswoman.

“Ilhan entered a 10 week six-way primary and she believes you get what you organize for. She organized her district to win and she’s really excited to do that again over the next two years,” they said.

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