Here’s something you don’t see every day.
According to a report by the StarTribune, in September, Minnesota Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson leveled quite a charge against left-wing MN Rep. Ilhan Omar.
In a September video from Capitol Hill, Collin was asked by a Republican why he defends Ilhan.
He said he doesn’t.
That led to a stunner of a statement:
“She doesn’t belong in our party.”
Omar has, of course, seen much opposition.
As relayed by RedState’s Bonchie in April 2019, the politician commented on 9/11 in a way not everyone liked:
“CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something, and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”
Ilhan Omar isn’t just anti-Semitic – she’s anti-American.
Nearly 3,000 Americans lost their lives to Islamic terrorists on 9/11, yet Omar diminishes it as: “Some people did something.”
Democrat leaders need to condemn her brazen display of disrespect.https://t.co/k3meEbUOAk
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) April 9, 2019
Initially, Rep. Collin defended her.
But no more.
Perhaps Collin’s assessment is a bit awry…
Consider the StarTribune’s headline: “‘Only conservative Democrat left’: Minnesota’s Collin Peterson bets on record in re-election fight.”
A conservative in the Democrat Party? That’s gotta be the loneliest corner at the big dance.
Consider the man’s bonafides:
He was among 45 Democrats who voted against the 2010 version of the Affordable Care Act that became law. Now, he’s one of three left. He was one of two Democrats who voted against impeaching Trump late last year. The other member, Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, is now a Republican. He opposes abortion and is the lone Democrat in Congress with an A-rating from the NRA. “If I hear the words ‘common sense gun legislation one more time,’ ” he said last year, “I’ll throw up.” Many of those left in the Blue Dog caucus might have been considered insufficiently conservative when he originally co-founded the group.
Peterson’s campaign ads have championed his anti-impeachment vote, his opposition to environmentalists fighting the state’s Line 3 pipeline project, and support for law enforcement.
Unsurprisingly, sailing hasn’t been smooth:
His conservative positions have, at times, earned him the ire and befuddlement of more progressive Minnesota Democrats in the metro area…
Back to Ilhan not belonging, no offense to Collin, but I’m not sure it’s she who’s the odd (wo)man out.
Still, the guy’s hanging in there, despite a party drifting far away from his public positions.
And if all the above wasn’t enough, consider this from The Daily Caller:
Of the 235 Democrats in the House, Peterson is the only one who is pro-life and has an “A” rating from the N.R.A.
He’s a looong way from home.
But so far, it appears, the Democrat doesn’t get it:
“I don’t see myself as partisan. I see myself as an American. And what I do is I’m a representative. I go to D.C. and I represent my district. If my district is out of tune with my party, I don’t care. I’m going to represent my district and let the chips fall where they may.”
Collin’s seat is currently being challenged by former GOP Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach.
We’ll see where his chips fall next month.
Where Ilhan’s do, too.
If Joe Biden wins, it will be America’s greatest-ever encouragement for the DNC to take a path toward Omar…and far past.
History’s about to be made — one that will, in my view, profoundly determine the definition of “Democrat.”
And further define the anomalous condition of Collin Peterson.
Either way — no matter the chips — for a Minnesota conservative with a “D” next to his name, Defection may be in the cards.
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