BY PATRICK HOWLEY
Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar was arrested for failing to show current driver registration during her 2018 congressional campaign, marking the latest in a pattern of traffic incidents that include an arrest for driving without a license and two apparent driver’s license suspensions. Her Republican opponent believes these traffic violations point to deeper issues that should concern the voters.
In the case of State of Minnesota vs. Ilhan Abdullahi Omar, filed on Oct. 25, 2018 in Hennepin County Criminal/Traffic/Petty Downtown court, Omar was convicted of Failure to Display Current Registration — Expired Plates, a petty misdemeanor.
Omar was convicted on November 16, 2018, shortly after her election to U.S. Congress. The October 4, 1982 birth date of the convicted person matches Congresswoman Omar’s birthdate.
“The lack of reporting is concerning. I get it, the district has been a Democratic district for a little while, but at what point is the press required to do their job and actually inform the people of character concerns?,” Danielle Stella, Omar’s 2020 Republican challenger, told The Epoch Times, referring to the failure by the media to report on Omar’s traffic troubles.
Omar was also convicted of a petty misdemeanor on Dec. 22, 2016 in the case State of Minnesota vs. Ilhan Abdullahi Omar, after she was found to have “Vehicle Registration Required.” In this case, there is no mention of expired license plates. Omar failed to appear in court or pay her fine, prompting a second penalty that was sent to collections and ultimately rejected by the collection agency.
On Oct. 12, 2012, Omar was convicted of a petty misdemeanor of speeding but days earlier her misdemeanor charge for driving with no Minnesota driver’s license had been dismissed. Omar initially failed to appear in court. Court records note that on June 8, 2012, a drivers license suspension request was sent to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Upon conviction, a drivers license reinstatement request was sent to the Department of Public Safety, indicating that Omar’s license was suspended in the interim.
Court records show previous Omar convictions for illegal right turn on red in 2012 and disobeying a stop sign in 2010. In the latter case, court records show that a drivers license suspension request was sent to the Department of Public Safety on July 20, 2009, and a drivers license reinstatement request was sent to the Department of Public Safety on Sept. 28, 2010, indicating that Omar’s license was suspended for an extended period of time.
“One thing that’s concerning is the sheer amount of traffic violations and carelessness with not having her registration. It keeps occurring, I don’t know if she thinks she is above the law or in Minneapolis maybe she is the law because no one reports on it,” Danielle Stella said. “Either way it doesn’t bode well for somebody who is supposed to be representing the people.”
Omar was arrested and booked in 2013 at Hennepin County Jail for “Trespassing and Refusing to Leave A Hotel Upon Lawful Demand,” according to a police report.
Omar’s office did not respond to a request for comment.