Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has remained in center of political controversies since she has joined the House of Representatives. The latest in the string of spars, which revolved between criticism and safety threats, is a blend of her professional and personal lives. On Tuesday, the 37-year-old Somali refugee was named in divorce papers filed by a physician of Washington D.C, who alleged her husband of leaving her because of Omar.
Married to a national political consultant Tim Mynett, Dr Beth Jordan Mynett stated in the divorce papers that her husband made “a shocking declaration of love” for Omar before leaving her for the Democrat in April. The 55-year-old doctor lived with husband Mynett for six years, before they married in 2012.
In an interview on Tuesday, Omar denied that she is dating outside her marriage. “I have no interest in really allowing the conversation about my personal life to continue,” she told WCCO-TV.
Ilhan Omar became one of the most recognized Democrats in Congress in a short period, particularly for sparking months of altercation with Republicans, including Donald Trump. The president has repeatedly attacked the Minnesota representative on her political positions, citing her ultra-left-wing stances on issues ranging from immigration to Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.
The twice-married Muslim politician previously was attacked by Republicans over her relationships. A claim was made that her first husband was actually her brother in a marriage of convenience. However, no evidence was provided for this and it was also flatly denied by Omar.
According to the bombshell divorce filing submitted to a court in Washington, the Mynett couple “physically separated on or about April 7, 2019, when defendant told plaintiff that he was romantically involved with and in love with another woman, Ilhan Omar.”
The 38-year-old Tim Mynett is a Democratic party consultant and has previously worked with Omar’s predecessor Keith Ellison. It was reported that he assisted Omar’s election campaign, being a fundraising consultant for her 2018 and 2020 campaigns.
On Tuesday, an independent government watchdog also stated that Ilhan Omar’s campaign may have committed serious finance fraud. Her campaign reportedly spent $21,547 on travel for the E Street Group, which is run by Tim Mynett.
An associate with the conservative National Legal and Policy Center, Tom Anderson stated that the travel payments could actually mean that the Congresswoman was using campaign funds for personal use.
“We believe Representative Ilhan Omar may have touched the third rail of campaign finance law: disbursing campaign funds for personal use,” Anderson said. “It’s a brazen act Representative Omar was caught doing before in Minnesota and all of the evidence we’ve seen tells us she’s probably doing it again.”
Ilhan Omar has mostly remained in a whirlwind since joining the Congress, where even her personal life hasn’t been spared. The representative is also facing an opposition from the Alabama Republicans, who are calling for its congressional delegation to have Omar removed from the House of Representatives. While a new controversy on her relationship has sparked, the Minnesota representative appears to be going deeper in the quicksand of the political sphere.
The Democratic-led US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee came back after a six-week long recess on