Rep. Ilhan Omar has faced not only diplomatic challenges in Congress, but she is also facing a challenger for her congressional district in 2020 by a beloved Iraq war veteran and Minneapolis police officer named Chris Kelley.
According to his website, Kelley is a 20‐year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Force and 27‐year veteran of the United States Army & Army Reserves. Kelly announced that he will be challenging Omar for her seat as representative for Minnesota’s 5th congressional district in the upcoming election.
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“Minnesotans like to lead the way in solutions. Our current representative has become too embroiled in Twitter wars, attempting to achieve personal agenda goals and has gotten caught up in celebrity when she was elected to serve the people,” Kelly said on his fledging website, which has been set up for information and donations. “She has abandoned the problems that have grown exponentially during her current term”
“I would like to see Minnesota lead the nation in immigration reform. I know with the talent we have in this district and the various cultural communities we can coordinate efforts to solve this crisis”, said Kelley.
“I made my decision to run against Rep. Omar following her statement, ‘Some people, did something’. To see the victims, the first responders, our country as a whole disrespected, disregarded, and trivialized by someone who is now benefitting from being an American is morally reprehensible. I have spent my entire adult life in public service; I know it, I feel it, I live it every day. CD 5 needs the voice of a worker who gets all people, not just a select few.”
Kelly was referencing Omar’s outspoken criticism of the United States which included her comments about the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and their aftermath, saying “some people did something,” referencing the terrorists who killed thousands of Americans.
“September 11 was a terrible loss of life, not just for police officers and firefighters and other first responders, but 3,000 people and non-combatants died, and to be dismissive of that was an outrage,” Kelly told Fox News. “I could sit and complain or I could do something about it. And I believe I can be a positive voice in standing up for people in our country, and for our first responders and the people every day on the frontlines.”
“It was kind of a slap in the face to me as a first responder,” said Kelley, who served in the Persian Gulf War in 1990-1991 and twice more during the Iraq War in 2004 and 2009.
A major issue of concern to Kelly is immigration, and Omar’s challenger told Fox News, “Immigration is a big issue right now. I believe in having a secure border; if you don’t have a country you don’t have a border and our border agents are doing a great job, but they are being overwhelmed and Congress isn’t giving them the tools they need,” he said.
“But I would also like to see a pathway to citizenship for those under DACA; they couldn’t help they were brought here and need a shot to be able to stay here.”
Kelly also said, “As former military, I am here to serve and not further my status. I want to do a good job for the people I represent and I don’t have a personal agenda, I’m passionate about service and I just want to be able to continue that.”