Is Ilhar Omar another Obama?


Ilhar Omar
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    Written by: Meshack Masibo
    When Republican Peter Fitzgerald announced that he would vacate his U.S. Senate seat in 2004 after only one term, a young African American lawyer from Chicago called Barrack Obama decided to run for the seat. He won 52 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary, defeating both multimillionaire businessman Blair Hull and Illinois Comptroller Daniel Hynes. After his original Republican opponent in the general election, Jack Ryan, withdrew from the race, the former presidential candidate Alan Keyes stepped in. That July, Obama gave the keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, shooting to national prominence with his eloquent call for unity among “red” (Republican) and “blue” (Democratic) states.
    In November 2004, Illinois delivered 70 percent of its votes to Obama (versus Keyes’ 27 percent), sending him to Washington as only the third African American elected to the U.S. Senate since Reconstruction. This two instances created a huge frenzy that seemed to fizzle out until this year’s midterm elections when newly elected Somali Born congresswoman Ilhan Omar has caused quite a stir with her election into the American Congress.
    Born in Somalia, Ilhan and her family fled the country’s civil war when she was eight-years-old. They lived in a refugee camp in Kenya for four years before coming to the United States, eventually settling in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis in 1997.
    Ilhan’s interest in politics began ……Subscribe to Readmore………

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