Ilhan Omars challenger raised $3.2M this past quarter 7 times more than she did – Forward

Posted By on July 17, 2020

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Candidate Antone Melton-Meaux and family

Minneapolis Representative Ilhan Omars primary challenger, Antone Melton-Meaux, raised $3.2 million between April and the end of June, compared to Omars $471,624 during the same period, the Star Tribune reports.

That contest leaves Melton-Meaux with a much larger war chest than his opponent, a freshman Democrat and prominent critic of President Donald Trump.

Melton-Meaux is a 47-year-old Lutheran with a masters degree in the study of the Hebrew Bible and has ties to the Minneapolis areas Jewish community.

Some of Melton-Meauxs donations have come from conservative donors and pro-Israel groups like NORPAC.

Melton-Meaux told the Tribune that Omars comments about Israel have hurt her reputation in the Jewish community.

Ive been sorely saddened and disappointed by the words and the rhetoric of Congresswoman Omar, Melton-Meaux said in a Zoom interview with The Forward earlier in late June. Her tropes, which have been well-documented now, were hurtful to the Jewish community and I know this because Ive spoken with them. Theres still a deep sense of betrayal and frustration with the use of those words and the sentiments. We dont have the time for someone to be in this role whose principal vision towards Jewish community, Israel and many others, is that of a division.

Omar apologized in January of 2019 for a 2012 tweet in which she wrote that Israel has hypnotized the world, and has also apologized for a tweet that said Congress support for Israel was all about the Benjamins.

A spokesperson told the Tribune that an overwhelming majority of Omars constituents approve of her tenure in Congress.

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