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Thu Aug 6, 2020, 02:46 AM

Groups which endorse Ilhan Omar

...include the MN AFL-CIO, MN SEIU, AFT, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, MoveOn, and more.

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Response to Eric J in MN (Original post)

Thu Aug 6, 2020, 11:50 AM

1. I've had concerns with Omar, which I've stated here several times. However,

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the ads by some PAC I'm not familiar with (and that was apparently created just for the purpose of defeating Omar) were so over-the-top and borderline defamatory that they put me off her opponent, obviously the opposite of what the ads intended. Antone seems to be a competent, qualified candidate who would be a good Congressman, but I also got to thinking about the fact that Omar has now been in Congress for a term and knows the ropes. She is the DFL-endorsed candidate. Most importantly, as far as I'm concerned, is the fact that Nancy Pelosi is supporting her. So despite my misgivings, and hoping Omar will have learned how to avoid unnecessarily making herself controversial and won't be doing any more dumb and offensive things like refusing to support the resolution about the Armenian genocide, I voted for her on my absentee ballot, which I sent in last week. I'm giving her one more chance to grow up, stop showboating and represent her district.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 6, 2020, 02:55 PM

2. So you are OK with her paying her husband more than a million dollars?

Anyone else, not affiliated with the hard left would be crucified here.

And, yes, I am one of the "outsiders" who donated Antone. All $50.

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Response to question everything (Reply #2)

Thu Aug 6, 2020, 03:32 PM

5. Depends on whether it's actually true.

I'm not really OK with it, and I'm not at all "hard left," but if Pelosi and the DFL endorsed her I can live with her. I'd have been happy to vote for any of the candidates but the nasty ads and Pelosi's support tilted me toward her just enough. I hope she will be a better representative this term.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #5)

Fri Aug 7, 2020, 01:55 PM

11. Has Pelosi, or other Democratic leaders ever declined to endorse an incumbent?

Has the DFL?

As for DFL endorsements, I was really glad that both Dayton and Walz by-passed the endorsements.

And whether paying her husband is actually true, from their debate last week

“I don’t pay my husband. I pay the firm to do work,” Omar said. Most of the $600,000 directed to the firm since July 1 went directly to other vendors for TV commercials and campaign literature, she said.

https://www.startribune.com/rep-omar-challengers-spar-over-political-style-campaign-cash/571973442/

Really?




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Response to question everything (Reply #11)

Fri Aug 7, 2020, 02:25 PM

12. Omar does not have very good political instincts.

It was not illegal for her to hire her husband's company, though that sort of thing probably should be - but obviously she didn't see that it looks stinky and shouldn't have been done. She needs to get smarter about how politics works or get better advisers. Still, those endorsements are worth something. I almost voted for the other guy (and might have gone with John Mason, too), except for the fact that party support is valuable, and the PAC ads opposing her were really offensive. I did not learn enough about Antone himself to overcome the ickiness of the ads and Pelosi's support for Omar.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 6, 2020, 03:08 PM

3. I'm just thankful I didn't have to vote in this race as I don't care for either of the front runners

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I think I would have voted for John Mason. More progressive than Antone and hopefully more sense than Ilhan. It's a pity he didn't have enough money to run a TV campaign to get his name out there.

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Response to dflprincess (Reply #3)

Thu Aug 6, 2020, 03:39 PM

7. I liked him better, too.

I can give Omar another chance if Pelosi is OK with her, but I hope she gets a little more savvy about politics and a little less inclined to show off.

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Response to Eric J in MN (Original post)

Thu Aug 6, 2020, 03:09 PM

4. I just sent in my mail-in primary ballot

and voted for her. I'm not convinced Melton-Meux is on the level.

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Response to geardaddy (Reply #4)

Thu Aug 6, 2020, 03:34 PM

6. The PAC ads for him didn't help him much.

I actually liked John Mason better, but he didn't seem to have much support anywhere. I still have misgivings about Omar so I hope she gets better at politics.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #6)

Thu Aug 6, 2020, 03:40 PM

8. I wasn't happy with her "present" vote for the Armenian Genocide vote.

But I prefer her over Melton-Meux.

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Response to geardaddy (Reply #8)

Thu Aug 6, 2020, 03:44 PM

9. I wasn't either; I thought it was stupid and pointless.

Her reason for doing that was that she didn't think enough attention was being paid to other alleged genocide (e.g., Palestine), but it was a really dumb reason. It was like refusing to contribute to lung cancer research because what about brain cancer?

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #9)

Thu Aug 6, 2020, 03:47 PM

10. Exactly.

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Response to Eric J in MN (Original post)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 09:24 PM

13. Elizabeth Warren endorses Ilhan Omar.




“Today I’m endorsing my colleague @IlhanMN in her re-election campaign. From tackling the climate crisis to putting power in the hands of the people, Ilhan is a partner in the fight for big structural change.“

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Response to Eric J in MN (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 12:16 PM

14. The MN Governor and Lt Governor endorse Ilhan Omar.

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