A first-term Democratic congresswoman has drawn yet another challenger, this time a fellow Muslim and a foreign-born refugee.
Dalia al-Aqidi, an Iraqi-born Muslim who fled from Saddam Hussein's brutal regime, has announced she is challenging Rep. Iihan Omar as the Republican candidate in Minnesota’s 5th District.
In a campaign video, al-Aqidi (pictured above) makes it clear she does not share Omar's worldview.
“We may seem nearly alike, both Muslim, both women, both refugees,” the candidate says, “but we couldn't be further apart.”
Laurie Cardoza-Moore, president of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, has been a frequent critic of the America-bashing lawmaker. With the entry of a fellow Muslim and a woman, Omar's re-election effort just got tougher, she predicts.
“Ilhan Omar has done a tremendous amount of damage not just in her community but across this country,” Cardoza-Moore says. “So I think it's very exciting to see this new fresh face in this race, and a lot of Americans are going to be excited about watching this specific race."
Fox News reports there are numerous other challengers to Omar but also points out that Omar won by a “landslide” in 2018 in a district that hasn’t elected a Republican since 1960.
The filing deadline for running in the 5th District is June 2 with the Democrat and Republican primaries scheduled for August 11th.