All political candidates hope to gain the backing of newspapers in their home states and districts. This typically gives them a big boost during critical voting periods.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) might’ve assumed she’d gain the support of most Minnesota newspapers, which would make her upcoming election easier.
However, she might be surprised to learn that the state’s largest newspaper isn’t on board with her campaign.
As Omar sets out to defend her seat in the Fifth District, she’ll have to contend with The Star Tribune’s support of her opponent.
The Star Tribune has officially backed the challenger, stating in an editorial this week that Omar is too focused on “starting fights” with Republicans.
And they prefer the “integrity and progress” of Omar’s opponent (via Breitbart):
The decision from Omar’s hometown newspaper was announced Wednesday in an editorial, which concluded that Omar’s Democrat primary challenger, Antone Melton-Meaux, would be a better fit to represent the district in Congress.
According to the paper, Omar is too concerned with picking fights from across the aisle.
The paper evidently doesn’t think much of the incumbent’s ability to negotiate and debate.
For example, the editorial says that part of the fight is to evoke change, and “that often requires the ability to forge alliances and persuade.”
The paper also says it seems clear that Omar is more interested in going after the GOP than serving the Fifth District.
Furthermore, they cite a few “missteps”:
…her time has been marred by missteps, including remarks on Israel widely regarded as anti-Semitic, an outsized number of missed votes, and campaign-finance issues.
Then there’s the issue of a Federal Election Commission complaint concerning her travel expenses. Additionally, the editorial mentions the $1.6 million Omar “sent to her husband’s D.C. political consulting firm.”
The article concludes by saying these are “ethical distractions the Fifth District can do without.”
Over the past year, Omar has gotten herself embroiled in several controversies. A few of them were bound to back up on her come election time.
But will The Star Tribune’s support of Omar’s opponent result in an upset? Or will the Minnesota voters once again go for Ilhan?
- Minnesota’s biggest newspaper has endorsed Ilhan Omar’s challenger for the state’s Fifth District.
- The paper believes Omar is more interested in picking fights with the opposition, rather than serving the District.
- They further cite controversial Israel remarks, a federal ethics complaint, and the $1.6 million sent to her husband’s consulting firm.