A center-right advocacy group launched an ad Wednesday calling for Rep. Tom Malinowski to seek Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar’s removal from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
The American Action Network, a center-right advocacy group founded by President George H.W. Bush White House advisor Fred Malek and now run by former Minnesota U.S. Senator Norm Coleman, launching the ads in the districts of four first-term congresspeople with seats on the committee.
“This is a matter of right and wrong,” said Dan Conston, AAN President. “Ilhan Omar is an anti-Semite and it is time for Tom Malinowski to take action against her hatred. Omar should not be on the powerful Foreign Affairs Committee and Representative Malinowski needs to step up and support her removal.”
Omar, who along with Rep. Rashida Tlaib is one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, came under fire earlier this year for a post on Twitter that suggested money from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee was the driver behind the United States’ support for the state of Israel.
It wasn’t immediately clear how much money the group was putting behind the six-figure ad buy, and the group did not immediately respond to a voicemail message left seeking comment on the ad campaign’s cost.
That voicemail was left at 11:02 a.m. This article will be updated with comment from AAN once it is received.