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by Anthony Gockowski

 

Rep. Ilhan Omar’s reelection campaign has fractured the Minnesota DFL, with one of the party’s most prominent officials endorsing Omar’s opponent in Tuesday’s primary.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, whose city Omar represents in Congress, announced his support Thursday of Don Samuels, a former Minneapolis City Council member running against Omar in Minnesota’s Fifth District.

“As our city and nation navigate great challenges, we need partners across levels of government who prioritize teamwork, collaboration, and a seriousness of approach to match the seriousness of the issues we face. This is an endorsement for someone who’s shown an ability to do just that,” Frey said in his endorsement, according to a statement from the Samuels campaign.

The mayor pointed to Samuels’ record as the chair of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee.

“Don Samuels fought tirelessly against the violence in neighborhoods across Minneapolis, helping to lower crime by double digits. Don has been an advocate for his community on the Northside for decades, and someone who has worked with city leaders to bring investment to underserved communities,” Frey added.

Frey was joined in endorsing Samuels by the mayors of four other cities in the district, including St. Louis Park Mayor Jake Spano, Golden Valley Mayor Shep Harris, Edina Mayor Jim Hovland, and New Hope Mayor Kathi Hemken.

According to Samuels, these mayors represent three-quarters of the population of Minnesota’s Fifth District.

Samuels has also received the endorsement of the Star Tribune’s editorial board.

Omar, however, maintains the support of dozens of prominent state and national Democrats, including Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Sen. Bernie Sanders.

She also has the endorsement of the Minnesota DFL, four Minneapolis City Council members and the mayors of Robbinsdale, Columbia Heights, and Brooklyn Center.

Campaign finance reports show Samuels outraised Omar by nearly $200,000 and had more cash on hand than the incumbent at the end of the second quarter, according to the Star Tribune.

But Omar was in a similar intraparty battle in 2020 against a well-funded opponent and easily won by almost 20 points.

Frey’s split from Omar could be due to the fact that she endorsed the mayor’s opponents in last year’s municipal elections. She also supported a ballot initiative to replace the Minneapolis Police Department, which both Frey and Samuels actively opposed.

In fact, Samuels is a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the city that claims it failed to properly staff its police department.

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Anthony Gockowski is Editor-in-Chief of Alpha News. He previously worked as an editor for The Minnesota Sun and Campus Reform, and reported for The Daily Caller.
Photo “Jacob Frey” by Jacob Frey. 

 

 

 

 

Reprinted with permission from AlphaNewsMN.com

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Former President Donald Trump has seen his poll numbers improve after the raid at his Mar-a-Lago estate, at the expense of what many see as one of his key rivals in 2024.

Trump's share of the potential Republican primary voters boosted from 53 percent in mid-July to 57 percent on August 10, according to a Politico/Morning Consult poll.

That combines with a six-point dip for his biggest potential rival - Florida Governor Ron DeSantis - who dipped from 23 percent to 17 percent between the two polls.

Those numbers give a 10-point boost to Trump and an overall 40-point lead in a hypothetical primary. Neither man has committed to running in 2024 yet.  

The poll was conducted on Wednesday, August 10, which is after the raid on the ex-president's estate but prior to the unsealing of the search warrant. 

The warrant revealed that the FBI took at least 11 sets of classified documents from Trump's Florida manor.  

Former President Donald Trump has seen his poll numbers improve after the raid at his Mar-a-Lago estate, at the expense of what many see as one of his key rivals in 2024

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Trump's share of the potential Republican primary voters boosted from 53 percent in mid-July to 57 percent on August 10, according to a Politico/Morning Consult poll

The passion shown on behalf of the president's most ardent fans - visible outside Mar-a-Lago all week - continued to Trump's Bedminster, New Jersey golf club Sunday.

Supporters brandishing signs with 'SAVE AMERICA' and 'YOU RAIDED THE WRONG PRESIDENT' were out on the streets near the club professing allegiance to Trump.

Trump demanded that the FBI return to him any attorney-client material they seized from Mar-a-Lago during the raid on Monday.

'Oh great! It has just been learned that the FBI, in its now famous raid of Mar-a-Lago, took boxes of privileged 'attorney-client' material, and also 'executive' privileged material, which they knowingly should not have taken,' the former president lamented on Truth Social, referencing a recent Fox News report.

He said that the FBI should consider his post on the alternative social media site his formal request that the documents be returned to his Palm Beach estate.

Trump's rise combines with a six-point dip for his biggest potential rival - Florida Governor Ron DeSantis - who dipped from 23 percent to 17 percent between the two polls

Supporters brandishing signs with 'SAVE AMERICA' and 'YOU RAIDED THE WRONG PRESIDENT' were out on the streets near the club professing allegiance to Trump

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'By copy of this TRUTH,' Trump wrote on Sunday, 'I respectfully request that these documents be immediately returned to the location from which they were taken. Thank you!'

Before Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday made his first public statement on the raid, a person close to Trump reached out to a Justice Department official to pass along a message from the former president, according to The New York Times.

'The country is on fire. What can I do to reduce the heat?' was the message Trump wanted portrayed, according to a person familiar with the exchange.

Sources familiar with the investigation into the documents Trump took from the White House when he left office told Fox News that the former president's team was informed several documents seized in the raid contained attorney-client privilege information. 

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'I think he's running,' said Eric Levine, an attorney and longtime Republican fundraiser. 'The only question is whether he announces before the midterms, which would be a disaster.'

Multiple party insiders told DailyMail.com they fear an early announcement would divert fundraising away from candidates and towards the Trump war chest. 

And it would turn the midterms from being a winnable referendum on Joe Biden's presidency - its economic crises and foreign policy missteps - to a Trump versus Biden beauty pageant.

Trump grabbed the initiative by posting a campaign-style video on his Truth Social platform after midnight on Tuesday. He calls America 'a nation in decline' and slams Biden before ending with the slogan: 'The best is yet to come.'

At the same time, he has upped the number of fundraising emails sent to his distribution list.

'Mar-a-Lago was raided,' said one sent on Wednesday. 'The radical left is corrupt.

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