While most Democrats have stood behind Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN-5) over the last few months in spite of her various anti-Semitic comments, one quietly went a different way to show his disappointment with the freshman Congresswoman.
The Hill reports:
Dan McCready, the Democratic candidate in the hotly contested House race for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, refunded a donation from Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-Minn.) campaign last month, Federal Election Commission filings show.
Omar’s campaign initially donated $2,000 to McCready’s campaign on Nov. 6. The total was refunded on March 30, filings show.
“Dan feels strongly that there is no place for divisiveness in our politics. Our campaign is focused on bringing people together. As such, Dan felt it was appropriate to return the donation from then-candidate Omar,” McCready campaign spokesman Aaron Simpson said in a statement to The Hill.
McCready conceded his own race the day after the election, but would later take back his concession after the NC Board of Elections refused to certify the election over suspicions regarding alleged absentee ballot tampering that benefited Republican Mark Harris’s campaign:
The Harris campaign hired Cornelius-based political consultant Red Dome Group and paid them almost $430,000. Andy Yates, the founder and head of Red Dome, has said the firm hired Bladen political operative McCrae Dowless as an independent contractor. Dowless is alleged to have run an absentee-ballot-collecting operation that benefited Harris.
Dowless has since been indicted, and Harris denied knowing about any alleged wrongdoing. A special election will be held later this year for that seat, and will include a new primary (in May). Harris will not run again, but McCready will and there are numerous candidates on the Republican side vying for the nomination in a district that has been reliably Republican for decades.
As far as McCready’s refund of Omar’s donation goes, as it turns out he’s not the only one:
Up in D.C., the conservative Free Beacon has pointed to a $2,000 campaign contribution that U.S. Rep. Illhan Omar, D-Minn., reported making to fellow freshman Democrat Lucy McBath of Marietta.
The website noted that McBath did not report the contribution – which is true. The McBath campaign told us this morning that the contribution was not accepted.
McBath’s rejection of the donation is more important than it may sound. The Sixth District has a significant Jewish population – particularly in Sandy Springs and east Cobb County.
One of the Republicans running against McCready – state Senator Dan Bishop – had this response to the news that the Democrat returned her donation:
— Joe Bruno (@JoeBrunoWSOC9) April 17, 2019
He’s right. Omar’s anti-Semitism was known well before the election, yet McCready accepted the donation anyway.
Shameful act from @McCreadyForNC. I feel terrible for Muslims and people of color in his district who are standing in solidarity with Ilhan Omar through death threats and the endless, fascistic attacks on her by Donald Trump and the right-wing media machine. https://t.co/7bVJ9lVeOp
— Waleed Shahid (@_waleedshahid) April 17, 2019
That said, don’t expect much of any criticism from official Democratic channels. After the discovery of Dowless’s absentee ballot fraud and the other revelations that came later, Democrats like their chances in this race and feel McCready will win the special election in the fall. If he does, it would be considered a Democratic pick-up (Republican Robert Pittenger previously held the seat).
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