Rep. Ilhan Omar is facing a tough primary challenge from her opponent, Antone Melton-Meaux. That’s something she likely wasn’t expecting as she basked in the national spotlight over the last two years.
Is her radical district getting tired of her antics and penchant for getting nothing done but cable news hits and Twitter dunks? Signs say maybe so.
This per the Star Tribune.
Millions of dollars are pouring into the primary race for Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District, where opposition to Minneapolis U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar is fueling an unprecedented surge in donations to her top Democratic opponent, political newcomer Antone Melton-Meaux.
Melton-Meaux, a mediation lawyer who emerged on the DFL scene late last year to challenge Omar, told the Star Tribune he raised a staggering $3.2 million between April and the end of June, with $2 million cash left in the bank before the Aug. 11 primary. He dramatically outraised Omar, who took in $471,624 during the same time period. Omar’s campaign said she has $1,111,861 left on hand ahead of the primary election.
By my math, Melton-Meaux raised about 7x as much cash over the same period as Omar did. If we were talking a small discrepancy, this wouldn’t be much of a big deal. Incumbency is powerful, but as we just saw in New York, you can’t just mail it in and expect your national persona to carry you to victory. Eliot Engel lost his primary election to another AOC-esque Marxist revolutionary. While Omar is aligned with AOC, the local dynamics are the same. You have to raise money and actually campaign.
This all comes in the midst of revelations that Omar has been funneling campaign money to her husband, essentially using his firm as a pass-through. Though the national media won’t touch that story, perhaps the local press has had a bigger impact?
In the end, this has to terrify the “squad,” as losing one of their biggest members after just one term would be a blow to their ideological power. But it could get even worse, as Rashida Tlaib is also staring at a tough primary race in which she’s so desperate that she’s trying to get her opponent disqualified from the ballot.
Regardless, seeing any of these radicals go down in flames would be good for the country. That much I’m sure of.