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Rep. Ilhan Omar files for divorce
Posted by: Speedy
Date: October 08, 2019 10:51AM
Her personal life is a personal and political mess. And some of her actions, like possibly marrying solely for immigration purposes, are probably illegal.

[www.startribune.com]

Minnesota U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, long dogged by questions about her personal life, filed for divorce Friday from her second husband, Ahmed Hirsi, according to court documents filed in Hennepin County District Court.

The divorce papers, filed on her 37th birthday, cite an "irretrievable breakdown of the marriage relationship" with Hirsi, a man with whom she has been romantically involved since at least 2002. The divorce was filed more than a month after a woman in Washington, D.C., accused Omar of having an affair with her husband.

Omar's attorney, Jaime Driggs, said in a statement Monday that "Just like any other family navigating this kind of transition, Ilhan wishes to have their privacy respected for themselves and their children and will not be commenting any further."

The statement also says that their marriage has "been the object of speculation and innuendo from political opponents and the media," which has "taken a significant toll" on the family.

Omar and Hirsi, who was a Minneapolis City Council aide for a short time earlier this year, have three children together, although they did not legally wed until 2018. She is seeking joint legal custody of the children, ages 16, 13 and 7.

Hirsi was not immediately available for comment Monday.

The court filings indicate that she signed the divorce petition while in the west African nation of Burkina Faso, where she was on an unannounced trip. Her office declined a request for comment. The divorce revelation also comes less than a week ahead of a rally in her Minneapolis district by President Donald Trump, one of her fiercest critics.

After a first year in Congress that has included allegations of anti-Semitism for statements she made about Jewish influence on the American relationship with Israel, the divorce is another instance in which she is attracting notoriety outside of her legislative work. The story was first reported by the celebrity gossip site TMZ, continuing a pattern of strong interest from the tabloid press from Los Angeles and New York to London.

In August, a Washington, D.C., physician alleged in divorce filings that her husband, national political consultant Tim Mynett, left her after becoming romantically involved with Omar, a client of his fundraising business. Both Omar and Mynett have denied an affair.

A conservative group later filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging that Omar illegally used campaign funds to pay travel expenses for Mynett. Federal campaign finance reports show that Omar's campaign paid Mynett's firm, E Street Group, more than $220,000 between Aug. 9, 2018, and June 30 this year. In the first six months of 2019, the reports show payments of $21,546.94 to the company for travel.

This is Omar's second official split from Hirsi. They applied for a marriage license in 2002 when Omar was 19, though they were never legally married until last year, before she made history as the first Somali-American, and one of the first two Muslim women, to serve in Congress.

After they had two children together, she married another man, Ahmed Nur Said Elmi. She later had a third child with Hirsi.

The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board fined Omar earlier this year for using campaign funds to pay a tax lawyer hired to amend joint tax returns she had filed with Hirsi at a time when she was still legally married to Elmi.

This again raised questions about her marriage to Elmi and whether it was sincere or some effort to help Elmi's immigration status, or even whether Elmi is her brother. She has denied Elmi is her brother but declined to answer any questions about the circumstances of their brief marriage.



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Re: Rep. Ilhan Omar files for divorce
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: October 08, 2019 11:06AM
Sounds like a whole lotta nothing that was none of my business to start with.



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Re: Rep. Ilhan Omar files for divorce
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: October 08, 2019 11:12AM
......Omar....O...my......like a soap opera......



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Re: Rep. Ilhan Omar files for divorce
Posted by: sekker
Date: October 08, 2019 11:20AM
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rjmacs
Sounds like a whole lotta nothing that was none of my business to start with.

This.
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Re: Rep. Ilhan Omar files for divorce
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: October 08, 2019 12:09PM
When the Trumplicans attack, a simple reminder that at least she didn't commit felonies buying off her boyfriend should suffice.
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Re: Rep. Ilhan Omar files for divorce
Posted by: vision63
Date: October 08, 2019 12:19PM
Weaponizing people's misfortunes is par for the course.
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Re: Rep. Ilhan Omar files for divorce
Posted by: August West
Date: October 08, 2019 01:30PM
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vision63
Weaponizing people's misfortunes is par for the course.

Isn't that the m'fin' truth.



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Re: Rep. Ilhan Omar files for divorce
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: October 08, 2019 01:40PM
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sekker
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rjmacs
Sounds like a whole lotta nothing that was none of my business to start with.

This.

I dunno.

She's kind of hot. Sharp, quick-witted, clearly passionate.

And now single.



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Re: Rep. Ilhan Omar files for divorce
Posted by: deckeda
Date: October 08, 2019 05:16PM
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Speedy
Her personal life is a personal and political mess. ....

It's not a political mess (nor, a "controversy") simply because knuckledraggers on Fox News and hate radio say so.
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Re: Rep. Ilhan Omar files for divorce
Posted by: $tevie
Date: October 09, 2019 07:07PM
If she was a guy, this would have been a teeny blurb at the bottom of the page. Instead, TMZ covers it. Phooey.



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Re: Rep. Ilhan Omar files for divorce
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: October 09, 2019 09:49PM
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$tevie
If she was a guy, this would have been a teeny blurb at the bottom of the page. Instead, TMZ covers it. Phooey.

Maybe in days past. But a guy with the same public profile (Already called out over remarks, had to do a mea culpa, etc.), allegations of campaign fund mismanagement, this being possible confirmation of a denied story, and a target of the right wing squakers? It would get its moment. Probably a shorter news cycle, but it would register.
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Re: Rep. Ilhan Omar files for divorce
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: October 10, 2019 07:06AM
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