Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-Minn.) hometown newspaper posted a scathing op-ed on Wednesday to slam the lawmaker for the controversies she has been involved with.
As IJR Red previously reported, the lawmaker was ordered to pay back thousands of dollars in campaign funding that was misused. However, the report also revealed that Omar violated tax law, and the newspaper questioned whether she knew about the issue
“It’s against the law in Minnesota to file jointly unless one filer is legally married to the other,” wrote the editorial board. “Last year Omar told the Star Tribune that she had married her partner ‘in her faith,’ and had earlier divorced her first husband ‘in her faith.’ That’s fine for religious purposes. But for tax purposes, only civil marriages qualify.”
They pointed out that while there hasn’t been anything released showing whether she benefitted from filing jointly, that information should be released.
“It’s not known whether she benefited materially by filing jointly,” the board said. “That is something that voters, who are obliged to follow tax laws no matter how painful, are entitled to know.”
The also claimed that Omar is “no stranger to controversy,” saying that the lawmaker could have “avoided nearly every infraction by taking simple measures in advance to determine whether her actions would pass legal muster.”
Omar has been a part of multiple controversies, including making alleged anti-Semitic remarks earlier in the year, as IJR previously reported.
“Omar’s political rise has been marred by a series of unforced errors, including intemperate remarks and tweets earlier this year that were widely perceived as anti-Semitic,” the board wrote, complaining that the controversy surrounding the lawmaker is never-ending, saying “more is expected of her than the symbolism attached to her victory.”
While Omar is not expected to face criminal charges for her tax violation, she may be losing the support of her constituents in her district.