A sleeper story that looms like a beacon of hope that two of the Marxist congressional “squad” members could be dispensed with next week in a primary show down. Less likely would be a loss of Omar but Tlaib is another story. Here tis:
In seven days, Rep. Rashida Tlaib will defend the congressional seat she won in 2018. Her opponent is Brenda Jones, the Detroit City Council president whom Tlaib defeated by just 900 votes out of 90,000 cast in that year’s primary. One week later, Tlaib’s fellow “squad” member, Rep. Ilhan Omar, will try to stave off challenger Antone Melton-Meaux.
Tlaib faces a tough fight. As Dave Weigel of the Washington Post points out, Tlaib’s narrow 2018 victory came in a primary that featured a splintered field. Nearly two-thirds of voters supported one of Tlaib’s rivals. All of the candidates who ran behind Tlaib and Jones in 2018 have endorsed Jones this time around. One of them is Ian Conyers, a former state senator and grandnephew of former congressman John Conyers.
Is Tlaib more popular now than she was in 2016? Probably not.
Meanwhile, Ilhan Omar’s opponent faces no shortage of money. As Scott has noted, Antone Melton-Meaux, is flush. He has raised $3.7 million. This enabled him to run a steady stream of direct mail and TV ads against Omar. According to Weigel, these ads portray Omar as “aggressive” and corrupt, emphasizing some of her fundraising scandals. One such scandal involves a misuse of funds for travel, which Omar paid a 2019 fine to settle. The other focuses on her funneling campaign money to her (latest) husband’s political consulting firm. More at Power Line
Omar’s voters will get exactly what they deserve if they put this crook back in congress. On second thought why has she not been held accountable for her illegal acts? If this had been a GOPer the Dems would have had their teeth set in like a good pit bull and not let up until she paid the price.
Other than this, all is well in the swamp.