Minneapolis police officer Chris Kelley took serious objection to remarks made by one of the Squadsters, junior House Representative Ilhan Omar a Democrat from Minnesota.
On March 23, 2019, Omar spoke out against Muslim discrimination and for empowerment at the fourth annual Valley Banquet of the Council of American-Islamic Relations of Greater Los Angeles in Woodland Hills, California. About two-thirds of the way into her speech, the Congresswoman said:
“CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”
Kelley served 27 years with the U.S. Army and Army Reserves and 20 years with the Minneapolis Police Department. In 2016, he ran on the Republican ticket for Senator but didn’t get endorsed by the GOP.
In 2020, the Iraq War veteran will seek congressional election again, this time as an Independent. Kelley said his decision to go into politics was motivated specifically by Omar’s dodgy “some people did something” 9/11 remark, which he found “very dismissive and very disrespectful:”
“That statement was a slap in the face to first responders and everyone who died on that horrible day. I said to myself that I could either sit and complain about it or actually try and do something about it by running.”
Kelley said it was time for him to put up or shut up and told it like it is:
“Look, three-thousand Americans died and many more first responders died [after] responding to this…I figured you can complain or you can try and do something.”
In August 2019, the conservative contender to Omar’s House seat spoke out against the Muslim legislator who is openly pushing a religious agenda that takes an anti-American stance. Kelley accused the high-profile lawmaker of grabbing national headlines rather doing the job she was elected to do:
“To cause controversy practically every day and ignore your district? That’s unacceptable. The people of Minnesota did not elect her to be grandstanding and fight with the President.”
While supporting every American’s right to free speech, Kelley was critical of Omar’s methods and results:
“She’s like an absentee landlord. She holds the title but she’s not focusing on the district. And a lot of people are noticing this.”
Other observers have wondered how the four new Democratic congresswomen who form The Squad have managed to get so much press? We the People aren’t hearing much about other junior Representatives across the land and the good work they are doing.
Kelley was active in Operation Desert Storm and deployed twice during the Iraq War as an intelligence analyst. He claims his professional training and experience have prepared him with a very different approach to leadership:
“I’m a chain of command guy, so a lot of this is like, ‘OK, you’re a freshman, Congresswoman, just be quiet, do your thing, do your job and represent the people that elected you.’ But again, it seems to be more important for her to make a stink and make headlines. So, that’s unfortunate and the people of Minnesota are losing.”
Saying that Omar is “more concerned about her celebrity” while “not really focusing” on her 5th Congressional District constituents, Omar’s challenger accused Minnesota’s elected official of ignoring important issues such as drug abuse and homelessness:
“These are things I want to bring to the forefront. These are things we need to deal with, and our current congresswoman is not doing her job. That is the concern.”
If elected in 2020, Kelley promises Minnesotans that he will “listen to their problems and work on solutions and make things better for the district.”
Although the Independent candidate is stumping in largely Democratic turf, he thinks many “disaffected” voters will vote their consciousnesses in the 2020 election. Kelley and other observers have noticed Omar’s globe-trotting political activities that distract her from the business at hand in Minnesota:
“She’s campaigning everywhere else, raising money in California, now she’s overseas but she’s not in the district and people are noticing. Many people have said to me, ‘what is she doing for us?'”
Omar is with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Ghana as part of a larger congressional delegation.
On the home front, Kelley is campaigning to replace Omar by promising immigration reform, opposition to terrorism recruitment, election integrity, mental health reform, school and worship security, and term limits.
According to his election website, Kelley believes:
“Washington DC is a disaster. NOTHING is getting done on either side of the aisle. What MN-05 chooses to do next will set the tone for the future of Minnesota and our role in the national political landscape.”