House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has announced her endorsement of an outspoken progressive in her party who is currently facing a potentially tough re-election bid.
In a statement on Monday, Pelosi expressed support for the campaign of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), the Daily Wire reported.
“A valued and important member of our Caucus”
Despite reports of possible rifts between the elder Democratic stateswoman and far-left freshmen in the party, she was adamant in her plea for Minnesota voters to support the incumbent candidate.
“Ilhan is a valued and important member of our Caucus. In her first term, Ilhan has already established herself as a leader on a host of issues – from child nutrition to housing to U.S.-Africa relations,” Pelosi said.
Omar is currently squaring off against a primary challenger who has been able to outpace her in terms of fundraising by a wide margin during the second quarter of the year.
“Shared values and strategic interests”
Attorney Antone Melton-Meaux reportedly raised $3.2 million compared to less than $500,000 collected by Omar’s campaign. Melton-Meaux has about $2 million in cash on hand — nearly twice the amount of his rival.
The congresswoman has earned widespread and bipartisan opprobrium since her election for comments many deemed anti-Semitic.
In February 2019, Pelosi was among the Democrats calling on her to apologize for one such tweet.
“We are and will always be strong supporters of Israel in Congress because we understand that our support is based on shared values and strategic interests,” read a joint statement by House Democratic leaders including the speaker, according to The Hill. “Legitimate criticism of Israel’s policies is protected by the values of free speech and democratic debate that the United States and Israel share.”
Pro-Israel groups organize against Omar
Groups including Pro-Israel America and NORPAC have raised funds for Omar’s primary challenger ahead of an election that is now less than a month away.
While popular among her liberal base, it appears that the lawmaker’s track record of incendiary remarks is now taking its toll on her political career.
Next month, Democratic voters across the state will be able to decide whether Omar — along with the support of the House speaker — represents the type of leadership they want to see over the next two years.