I’m running because we deserve better.

Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District needs to be represented by someone who believes in the politics of inclusion and attraction, not division based on identity politics. We need leadership that is invested in its residents as individuals who have their own dreams for themselves and their children, someone focused on them rather than their own self-interest; someone willing to fight for communities and hard-working families, not DC insiders and foreign influences. We need someone to better reflect our values in Washington.

Ilhan Omar is doing irreparable harm to both Minnesota and the U.S. and she must be stopped. In fact, name the issue and Ilhan Omar is on the wrong side of it. For example, she spearheaded the effort to defund Minneapolis’ police department even as she’s spent over $100K on her personal security. In Congress, she constantly forwards or sponsors legislation that attacks our allies while remaining silent about America’s adversaries. A review of her congressional stance on police along with her foreign policy reveals a troubling pattern: She is against both protecting the innocent and giving the innocent the means to protect themselves.

The fact that she was removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee is further evidence of how untethered she is from the center of American thinking. Her hateful rhetoric and noxious antisemitism is toxic and serves only to gain attention for herself and position her as a celebrity—she is not fighting for us, she is fighting for herself.
I bore witness to the consequences of Omar’s version of an ideal government. It was what I left behind in Iraq—the sectarian violence of warring factions or the brutal rule of an all-powerful dictator. I didn’t come to America to import the pathologies I left behind. This country gave me the opportunity to participate in the American dream, and this city welcomed me with open arms, and I want to protect and nurture those values, while Omar seeks to drive wedges between our communities.

I am running as a Republican for U.S. Congress in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District because I take my oath of U.S. citizenship seriously and I believe in giving back to the country that allowed me to live the American dream. In the United States, the battle against socialism, Marxism, and political Islamism begins here. We must champion the freedom to express ourselves everywhere without fear of threats or unjust accusations of racism.

I will focus on the key issues that matter to the residents of this district:

  • Lower inflation, government spending, and taxes.
  • Make downtown Minneapolis a safe place to live, work, and visit by standing with law enforcement.
  • Promote school choice, increase graduation rates, and eliminate Critical Race Theory
from classrooms.
  • Work to regain America’s position as a net total energy exporter to the rest of the world.
  • Secure our borders.
  • Strengthen our alliances. We should reward our friends and punish our foes—not the other way around.
We need calm leaders with steady nerves, not one who will experiment with the lives of those she is supposed to safeguard. We need district and national leadership with a steady hand on the tiller, not one given to childish or geriatric spasms.

We must start by holding them accountable at the ballot box.