Ilhan Omar is in the fight of her political life against a well-funded primary opponent. It is rare for a sitting Dem Rep to get a primary challenge. It is very rare to see one that is well-funded.
But that is what is happening to Ilhan Omar in her first re-election battle. Antone Melton-Meaux raised over $3.2 million to unseat Ilhan.
During a comparative time period, she only raised $471,624. But it gets worse for Omar. A sitting Dem Governor is one of the many donors to her primary opponent. Democratic Colorado Gov. Jared Polis gave a $1,000 to attorney Antone Melton-Meaux’s efforts to make Ilhan Omar get a real job. Ouch…
From The Daily Caller: Colorado’s Democratic governor sent money to Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar’s primary challenger, campaign finance records show.
Democratic Colorado Gov. Jared Polis sent a check for $1,000 to attorney Antone Melton-Meaux, who is vying for Omar’s 5th District seat, according to Federal Election Commission data. Polis’ move comes as Melton-Meaux’s total donations substantially outpace those of Omar’s for the upcoming August race, according to the Washington Examiner.
The Minnesota attorney was able to rake in over $3.2 million between March and April, while Omar’s contributions amounted to around $471,624, a separate Examiner report revealed.
Omar came under fire last week when it was found that the Minnesota representative sent out campaign fliers slamming the source of Melton-Meaux’s contributions. Omar named three donors in the mailer, all of whom were Jewish, according to Vice News.
Polis himself is Jewish, according to the Times of Israel, and has been an outspoken critic of anti-Semitism.
From The Washington Examiner: Donations to Melton-Meaux have also stemmed from Jewish and pro-Israel organizations in response to Omar’s history of making remarks perceived as anti-Semitic. Polis also happens to be Jewish and has previously spoken about his fears of the rise in anti-Semitism in the United States and his support for a strong relationship between the U.S. and Israel.
Polis, who was Colorado’s first openly gay governor, holds more centrist political positions than Omar, who is a member of the democratic socialist “Squad” featuring Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib.
Democratic voters will decide between Melton-Meaux and Omar during the primary election on Aug. 11.