Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar is receiving pushback from her own party in her home state of Minnesota over her comments about Jews and the nation of Israel, according to The Hill.
The congresswoman, who is serving her first term in Congress, could be serving for her only term, thanks to Democrats in Minnesota considering not moving forward with her reelection nomination, and putting another candidate in her place.
The same report stated that initial steps are being taken to find and recruit someone to run against the controversial candidate in the 2020 primary, which would fly in the face of their long-standing tradition of endorsing the incumbent in what is thought to be one of the most progressive districts in the nation.
“There’s definitely some buzz going around about it, but it’s more a buzz of is anyone talking about finding someone to run against her than it is anyone saying they’re going to run against her or contemplate it,” Democratic state Sen. Ron Latz, whose district overlaps Omar’s constituency, told The Hill. “There’s definitely talk about people wanting someone to run against her.”
“Our community is exasperated by Rep. Omar’s unfulfilled promises to listen and learn from Jewish constituents while seemingly simultaneously finding another opportunity to make an anti-Semitic remark and insult our community,” Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, said in a statement.
Hunegs met with Omar after last month’s controversial comments that put the congresswoman in the headlines, and negative light on her politics. She has also met with Jewish leaders in both Minneapolis and Washington, according to The Hill.
“Unfortunately, having the opportunity to speak with her about that point didn’t dissuade her making that statement,” Hunegs told The Hill in an interview Wednesday. “We were appalled.”
Some possible opponents that could run against Omar are Bobby Joe Champion, a state senator with a decade of experience, and Minneapolis City Councilwoman Andrea Jenkins, the first openly transgender African-American woman elected to public office in the United States.
“I’d be pretty uncomfortable supporting Rep. Omar right now, given what I’ve learned about her since the election and given her apparent inability to stop insulting Jews,” said Latz, who supported Omar’s rival in the 2018 primary and represents the city of St. Louis Park, which houses a large Jewish population.
Jenkins told The Hill on Wednesday that she supports Omar and is not interested in contending for her spot on Congress.
“Support is really strong for Congresswoman Omar, but certainly there is some acrimony. I think people feel like she’s being unfairly targeted,” Jenkins said. “I love my job. I’m really close to the people I represent.”