Minnesota Dems Looking for Primary Challenger to Ilhan Omar

Belén Sisa a campaign aide for Bernie Sanders's 2020 presidential campaign. Credit Screenshot

Belén Sisa a campaign aide for Bernie Sanders's 2020 presidential campaign. Credit Screenshot

"In a conversation on Facebook, I used some language that I see now was insensitive. Issues of allegiance and loyalty to one's country come with painful history", Belén Sisa, Sanders's national deputy press secretary, told Politico in response to posting the question in a Facebook thread.

Some Minnesota Democrats have begun looking to recruit someone to mount a primary challenge against Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., after her comments about Israel and AIPAC, The Hill reports. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign has apologized for comments online questioning whether American Jews held a "dual allegiance" with Israel.

She deleted the Facebook posts after Politico confronted her about her remarks. "They are more than willing to pose with Omar on magazines covers, but when she tried to talk about a truly hard topic, which is her job as an elected official, and her life was in danger, they kind of threw her under the bus". "I'm asking not to rule out the history of this issue, but in the context in which this was said by Ilhan". House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked Omar to apologise. In one episode she appeared to accuse politicians of being bought off by Jewish interests, and in another she accused Jews of having a "dual loyalty" to defend Israel.

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It's only been two months since Omar assumed her office, but some Democrats are seeking a challenger who might run against her in 2020 and push her out of her seat in Congress, according to The Hill. Omar gained the ire of those on the right for, among other things, criticizing the influence a pro-Israel lobby has over foreign policy.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) listens during a news conference on prescription drugs on January 10, 2019. Republicans have pushed to have her removed from the Foreign Affairs Committee, but Engel has not asked Democratic leadership to take that step. "We must not, however, equate anti-Semitism with legitimate criticism of the right-wing, Netanyahu government in Israel", the Vermont independent said. She went on to back Omar's re-election. But Hunegs said Omar didn't care.

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