Ilhan Omar’s quite lengthy rap sheet is causing new headaches for the embattled Minnesota Representative.
She has come under enormous fire to explain her quite unusual marriage situation – it is confusing, to say the least, and she refuses to clear it up and put the rumors to rest.
She was also busted using campaign funds for personal reasons and was ordered to pay back the money.
She was also arrested for trespassing at a protest back in 2013. But what is the most striking charge is the most innocent.
She has racked up over 24 traffic violations over less than 10 years. Look, they are not a big deal taken one by one… but how many people have racked up that many violations? It shows a pattern of contempt for the law and rules, or she is incredibly careless. Either way, the pattern is troubling for a member of Congress.
Omar was recently ordered to pay back thousands of dollars of campaign funds that she spent on personal expenses. According to National Review, Minnesota’s Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board “ordered Omar to reimburse her former campaign committee for $3,500 in personal accounting and travel expenses, and levied a $500 civil penalty against her for misspending the funds.”
Nor is that all: Minnesota’s Alpha News reports that Omar “was arrested in 2013 for trespassing and booked at Hennepin County Jail ‘to prevent further criminal conduct,’ according to a newly uncovered police report.”
Omar had gone, along with a large crowd of other Somalis, to the Hotel Ivy, where former Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was staying. Alpha News notes that “according to the police report, hotel staff requested police assistance in clearing the lobby, saying that anyone without a hotel room key was not welcome on the premises and needed to leave immediately. The officer handling the incident said the majority of people who were asked to leave were compliant. However, Omar, when approached, was ‘argumentative’ and refused to leave.”
Even when the other Somalis began to leave, Omar, according to the police report, “remained defiant” and refused to go; finally she was arrested for trespassing.
Then there are the traffic violations. The Minnesota Trial Court Public Access site, which is run by the Minnesota Judicial Branch, lists no fewer than twenty-four violations by Omar, the first on May 28, 2009 and the most recent on January 17, 2019, when Omar was a member of the House of Representatives. There are twelve violations in 2016 alone.
These traffic violations were no big deal – fully half of them are for parking in a no-parking zone and other parking offenses.
Omar was also cited twice, on October 17, 2018 and October 25, 2018, for driving with expired plates. On April 27, 2012, she was caught driving without a driver’s license.
None of these traffic arrests are a big deal. Almost everybody gets a few traffic violations in the course of years of driving. But 24 of them? The sheer number of these violations demonstrates that Ilhan Omar believes, apparently with good reason, that she simply need not have any regard for Minnesota law.
And when one takes into account the trespassing arrest, the campaign finance violations, and the marriage to her brother, a disturbing pattern emerges. Does this Minnesota lawmaker have any respect at all for the law?