Minnesota Democrats Seek Primary Challenger to Ilhan Omar

Minnesota Democrats are looking to remove Congresswoman Ilhan Omar from office after she called out the Israel lobby on its influence in US politics.

According to The Hill, local party officials who were offended by Omar’s comments are looking for someone to take on Omar in the next Democratic primaries, but have yet to find a candidate to fill her shoes.

Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, said in a statement:

However, Minneapolis Councilwoman Andrea Jenkins voiced her support for Omar.

She went on to back Omar’s re-election.

In February, Omar came under fire for tweets in which she criticized the influence of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) over elected United States officials � from both Democrats and Republicans. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked Omar to apologize.

In her apology, Omar said that anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes.

AIPAC has been known to openly brag about the power and influence it has in Washington and spends $4 million a year lobbying representatives in Congress.

Democratic presidential candidates Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris came out in support of Omar, and American Jews signed an open letter of support of her comments on AIPAC, saying the lobby did not represent them.

Source: Palestine Chronicle