Ilhan Omar, one of the four Squad Members, will soon have to defend her seat.
But if she is to retain that seat, she’ll have to defeat her challenger—Minnesota attorney Antone Melton-Meaux.
And though Omar certainly commands more of the media spotlight, Melton-Meaux has a distinct advantage:
He is raising money at a very fast clip.
In fact, in just the last few months, Omar’s opponent has raised a whopping $3.2 million. In stark contrast, Omar has only managed to raise about $500,000.
This could put the incumbent at a severe disadvantage heading into elections.
But thankfully for Omar, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is ready to help.
Via The Daily Wire:
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi endorsed Rep. Ilhan Omar on Monday ahead of a primary election in which the freshman Democrat is trailing financially by millions of dollars.
Pelosi told the Jewish Telegraph Agency that “Ilhan is a valued and important member of our Caucus.”
Considering this public support and fresh endorsement, it’s likely that Omar’s campaign will get a boost thanks to Pelosi.
This could be proof of a renewed professional relationship between Omar and Pelosi. History shows the two haven’t always been on the best of terms…
In February 2019, Pelosi was among several Democrat leaders who asked Omar to apologize for an anti-Semitic tweet.
The tweet, where Omar said “it’s all about the Benjamins baby,” suggested that Israel (or pro-Israel organziations) might’ve paid off House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
At the time, Pelosi stated:
Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive.
Therefore, Pelosi’s endorsement of Omar may appear to be a “political flip,” at least to some extent.
It should also be noted that Omar supports the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which wants the U.S. to stop giving aid to Israel.
This, however, doesn’t appear to be a problem for Pelosi now.
It’s clear that Pelosi and most Democrat leaders are showing a face of solidarity going into the 2020 presidential election. And Capitol Hill continues to become more polarized and partisan:
Democrats almost invariably support Democrats, and the same can be said about Republicans.
But will the Speaker’s endorsement help Omar keep her seat? Only time will tell.
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has officially endorsed Rep. Ilhan Omar.
- Omar’s opponent has significantly out-raised her in recent months: $3.2 million to about $500,000.
- Pelosi once called out Omar and her perceived anti-Semitic tendencies. But that rift appears to be healed now.
Source: The Daily Wire