Getting the endorsement of a local publication is always considered a major feather in a political candidate’s cap — but it is a feather Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) will have to do without this primary season.
According to The Daily Wire, the Minnesota Star-Tribune has endorsed Antone Melton-Meaux in the 5th District’s upcoming Democratic primary over the incumbent congresswoman. The Star-Tribune cited Omar’s failure to “unite” the district, as well as “ethical distractions,” in their endorsement of her challenger, The Daily Wire noted.
Corruption in Congress
Omar has indeed been controversial from the very first day she took her seat on Capitol Hill. Even if we discount her support of radical groups and her series of anti-American statements, there is just no getting around the fact that she oversees a hotbed of corruption.
In addition to several ethics complaints, Omar has been hit with campaign finance violations.
Under normal circumstances, she probably would have already been forced to resign in disgrace over these alone — but these are not ordinary times. Instead, Democrat leadership continues to support Omar, and Omar continues to act as though she is doing nothing wrong.
But it seems the Star-Tribune sees the writing on the wall.
“Omar’s 2018 victory launched her into the national spotlight as the first Muslim woman and first refugee elected to Congress. But her time has been marred by missteps, including remarks on Israel widely regarded as anti-Semitic, an outsized number of missed votes, and campaign-finance issues,” the paper’s editorial board wrote, according to The Daily Wire.
They went on: “Omar has sent more than $1.6 million to her husband’s D.C. political consulting firm, E Street Group, and is herself the target of a Federal Election Commission complaint regarding travel expenses.”
The paper said “it is just these kinds of ethical distractions that the Fifth District could do without.”
“In the Editorial Board interview, Omar took little responsibility for her rocky start, instead largely blaming her critics and saying her failing was perhaps in not realizing what a ‘special unicorn’ she would be in Congress,” the board added, as The Daily Wire reported.
While other members of the so-called progressive “Squad” have fared well in their primary elections, it is hard to imagine that Omar will follow suit. The Washington Free Beacon recently reported that Omar raised only $8,000 last quarter, while her challenger brought in a whopping $273,000.
Combined with a snub from her hometown newspaper, the end of the road for Omar’s political career could be closer than she hoped.