Earlier speculation was correct: Ilhan Omar (DFL-60B) has now filed to run for Ellison’s Fifth District Congressional seat.
It’s official: Congressman Keith Ellison (DFL CD-5) has filed to run for Minnesota Attorney General, fueling speculation that Ilhan Omar (DFL-60B) will file for Ellison’s seat in the House of Representatives.
Fox 9 reported:
Ellison withdrew his previous filing for Minnesota’s fifth congressional district and filed to run for attorney general on Tuesday afternoon.
Ellison’s departure from Congress leaves his seat open. State Sen. Patricia Torres Ray and DFL House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher are currently the only Democrats running in the primary, but that is expected to change by the filing deadline.
Ellison is also Democratic National Committee Deputy Chair. His entry into the Minnesota AG race has opened speculation that current state representative Ilhan Omar may file to run for Ellison’s congressional seat this fall.
Pioneer Press reporter Fred Melo tweeted:
My Twitter silence lasted 48 hours. Keith Ellison for MN Attorney General? Ilhan Omar and Scott Dibble and maybe possibly Jeff Hayden for U.S. Congress? Phyllis Kahn wants her old seat back? Ryan Winkler and Mike Hatch running for something??! It’s all happening tomorrow…! pic.twitter.com/QjZsESCM9Y
— FredMelo, Reporter (@FrederickMelo) June 5, 2018
Fueling the speculation is Peter Wagenius, a former Minneapolis Mayoral staff member, who filed for Minnesota House District 60B – Omar’s district.
Peter Wagenius here filing for House 60B. He’ll drop if Ilhan Omar doesn’t run for Congress. If he were to win the seat, he’d serve with his mother, Rep. Jean Wagenius. pic.twitter.com/FO69qG3BM5
— John Croman (@JohnCroman) June 5, 2018
Both Ellison and Omar have been controversial figures in Minnesota and National politics. Please stay tuned for more information on these two candidates from the Deplorable Housewives of the Midwest.
UPDATED 6/5/2018 4:18PM ET