Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar has her fair share of issues taking her time these days, but there is a new one that could end her career.
The representative famous as a member of The Squad has dealt with attacks from President Donald Trump, her attack on Sen. Rand Paul and her husband leaving her within a month.
She has even been facing charges of defrauding immigration officials by marrying her own brother to get around the law.
But it is the challenge of Iraqi War veteran and police officer Chris Kelley who said Rep. Omar’s comments about the terrorist attacks of 9/11 offended him, The Washington Examiner reported.
lhan Omar could face a challenge from a decorated veteran of the U.S. military who is seeking to unseat her.
Chris Kelley lives and is a police officer in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District. He has spent nearly three decades in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves and says Omar’s comments about the 9/11 attacks have offended him to his core.
“September 11 was a terrible loss of life, not just for police officers and firefighters and other first responders, but 3,000 people and non-combatants died, and to be dismissive of that was an outrage. I could sit and complain or I could do something about it,” he said in an interview with Fox News.
“And I believe I can be a positive voice in standing up for people in our country, and for our first responders and the people every day on the frontlines.”
Kelley was deployed once in Operation Desert Storm and two times during Operation Iraqi Freedom when he was used as an intelligence analyst.
“As former military, I am here to serve and not further my status. I want to do a good job for the people I represent and I don’t have a personal agenda,” he said.
“I’m passionate about service and I just want to be able to continue that,” he said during the interview with Fox News on Tuesday.
“Immigration is a big issue right now. I believe in having a secure border; if you don’t have a country you don’t have a border and our border agents are doing a great job, but they are being overwhelmed and Congress isn’t giving them the tools they need,” Kelley said.
“But I would also like to see a pathway to citizenship for those under DACA; they couldn’t help they were brought here and need a shot to be able to stay here,” he said.
“A big concern I have is our national debt, and I would like to work on bringing this down. It should be a priority,” he said. “I have a 5-year-old and this debt will be in our children’s lap.”
“I won’t be bringing in controversy and scandal. I will be bringing firsthand knowledge of the things that I know are going on in the community as an officer. I see a lot every day – the homelessness, the opioid crisis.
“I want to bring these things to the forefront and put some ideas on the table on how to deal with them,” he said.
“I want to do anything I can to make people’s lives better; I just want to sit and listen to people and make some positive change.”