Veteran police officer Chris Kelley is set to announce later today that he will enter the race for Minnesota’s 5th Congressional house district – the seat currently held by Rep. Ilhan Omar.
Minneapolis ABC affiliate KTSP Channel 5 Eyewitness News reported Thursday that Kelley’s decision was inspired by Omar’s comments about 9/11.
“It was kind of a slap in the face to me as a first responder,” said Kelley, a 20-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department. Kelley is also an Army veteran who served in the Persian Gulf War in 1990-1991 and twice during the Iraq War in 2004 and 2009.
“9/11 was the Pearl Harbor of our time, my generation, and to kind of dismissively talk about it in that way was one of the motivating factors,” Kelley said of his decision to run.
Omar stated in April that the Council on American-Islamic Relations ” 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 previously ran as a Republican for a seat in Minnesota’s state senate, but will represent the Independence Party in 2020.