Unlike Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Tlaib’s political existence was an electoral fluke.
If the #MeToo movement hadn’t brushed against the House, coming into contact with Rep. John Conyers, and if the Conyers clan and assorted black political leaders hadn’t begun fighting over the Conyers seat, Tlaib, an anti-American terror supporter, would probably never have made it through the gate. And black political leaders aren’t giving up on Tlaib’s seat. So much for the Squad.
Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones officially announced Wednesday that she’s going up against freshman U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib.
Jones, 60, was among a large field of Democrats whom Tlaib defeated in the primary election in the 2018 Democratic primary.
Tlaib narrowly beat Jones by fewer than 1,000 votes. Prior to that contest, Jones won a special election to complete former Rep. John Conyers Jr.’s term, spending five weeks in Congress.
Tlaib has a huge ActBlue fundraising machine to draw on. And the Islamic base and organization is solid. But she only sailed through narrowly and her district is naturally black. If Democrat pro-Israel groups were to get behind Jones, that could nullify Tlaib’s national advantage.