Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) on Twitter Wednesday decried efforts to “smear my character” after she earlier refused to answer reporters’ questions that she dismissed as “stupid” and about “shenanigans” when asked at a Minneapolis event about allegations she funneled campaign funds to the company of a consultant Omar is accused of having an affair with according to a divorce filing by the consultant’s wife.
“The amount of energy and money people are spending to smear my character is alarming. It’s as if these people can’t come to terms with my existence in Congress. I wonder why?”
😳 The amount of energy and money people are spending to smear my character is alarming.
It’s as if these people can’t come to terms with my existence in Congress.
Earlier Wednesday KARE-TV reporter Lou Raguse tweeted about Omar’s refusal to answer questions at a public event:
“I’m at a public event that @IlhanMN is attending. We will see if she responds to allegations of improper paymentsrelating to alleged affair. @kare story-…@ilhan did not address the allegations and then took a predictable dig at the press for “only wanting to cover shenanigans”
“@IlhanMN and her communications team has been making a point over the last week or more of listing congressional accomplishments. Possibly in response to narrative that her distractions outweigh accomplishments…@IlhanMN ’s comment at the beginning of this round table on food insecurity was along those lines “it’s funny they say” she doesn’t do work — but then we show up while she is, and we “just want to talk about shenanigans”
“No surprise, @IlhanMN dodged questions as I followed her out. When I asked why she’s dodging the questions, she said “Because they’re stupid questions.”