Ilhan Omar's Challenger Is Literally on the Run From the Law




Ilhan Omar\
Ilhan Omar\'s Challenger Is Literally on the Run From the Law  

It's not unheard-of for members of Congress to resign their seats because of serious legal trouble. Now Republican House candidate Danielle Stella is trying to achieve the inverse: getting elected to Congress while being wanted by the law.

Stella, one of the five Republicans competing for the right to take on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) in November, has been wanted for months on an arrest warrant for felony shoplifting. Even while facing arrest, though, she's managed to achieve a respectable fundraising haul-nearly $84,000 as of the end of 2019-and built up a following on social media, where, well, she's made some waves.

Stella first stirred the pot in July over tweets suggesting she supports the QAnon conspiracy theory, which claims that Trump is engaged in a ceaseless secret war against high-ranking pedophile-cannibals in the halls of power. At the same time, The Guardian reported that she had been arrested twice in the Minneapolis area's Hennepin County on shoplifting charges, including an allegation that she stole $2,300 from Target.

Stella insisted she didn't break the law. According to records, though, Stella failed to show up for multiple October court hearings about her alleged felony. After Stella missed another hearing, a judge issued a still-outstanding warrant for her arrest.

"We can confirm that she does have an active felony theft warrant in Hennepin County," a spokesman for the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office told The Daily Beast.

Stella didn't respond to requests for comment.

Stella's primary rivals have watched her mounting legal woes with surprise. Lacy Johnson, an entrepreneur who has raised nearly $500,000 in his own bid for the Republican nomination, said that negative headlines about Stella could undermine whoever eventually faces Omar in the general election. The eventual Republican nominee already faces a steep challenge in the district, which heavily favors Democrats.

"Candidates are reflections of the party in a way, and it's not a good reflection of the party in a sense," Johnson said. "But now, being in politics, you do learn that people do have all kinds of ways of looking at things."

Sheriff's deputies aren't the only ones interested in Stella's whereabouts. Questions about her location flared anew over the weekend, when a conspiracy theorist with 50,000 YouTube subscribers claimed with no evidence during a livestream that Stella was in some unspecified danger at a hotel in Osceola, Wisconsin. Callers from across the country deluged the Osceola hotel with calls, and police were called to the scene.

A spokeswoman for the Osceola Police Department declined to share an incident report about the event, citing an open investigation.

Stella is facing obstacles beyond the courtroom, too. In November, Twitter suspended her campaign account after she repeated a fringe allegation that Omar is an Iranian government asset and claimed that Omar "should be tried for #treason and hanged" if the allegation was true.

Despite all the legal attention, Stella continues to operate her campaign-at least online. In addition to raising money for her campaign, Stella has posted messages to her supporters on Facebook and Instagram, including promotional memes about QAnon.

As a candidate himself, Johnson said that anyone facing an arrest warrant would no doubt face complications while running for office. How, for example, could they show up for debates in the face of police pressure?

"I wouldn't even run if I was on the run from the police," Johnson said.

How the Ilhan Omar Marriage Smear Went From Fever Swamp to Trump

Read more at The Daily Beast.

Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!

Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

COMMENTS

More Related News

Progressive Group Releases New Ad Blasting Trump on Coronavirus in Michigan, Wisconsin
Progressive Group Releases New Ad Blasting Trump on Coronavirus in Michigan, Wisconsin

Progressive group American Bridge is escalating its attack against President Donald Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic with new digital efforts in Wisconsin and Michigan, two critical general election battlegrounds, according to details shared exclusively with The Daily Beast.  In Wisconsin

Biden Tells Trump: Stop the
Biden Tells Trump: Stop the 'Pettiness' and Reopen Obamacare

Former vice president and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden demanded that the Trump administration reopen enrollment in the Affordable Care Act health insurance exchanges, as millions of Americans-many of them newly unemployed-face the prospect of enduring the coronavirus pandemic

Fox News Moguls Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch Stockpile Attorneys Against Coronavirus Lawsuits
Fox News Moguls Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch Stockpile Attorneys Against Coronavirus Lawsuits

Amid the mushrooming coronavirus crisis, Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch are girding for a pandemic of public-interest lawsuits over misinformation and conspiracy theories dispensed by certain Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network personalities such as Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Trish Regan.According

Fox News Stars Now Pretend They Never Said What They Said About the Coronavirus
Fox News Stars Now Pretend They Never Said What They Said About the Coronavirus

After spending weeks downplaying the deadly virus that now has nearly the entire U.S. under some form of lockdown, several Fox News stars are now attempting to gaslight viewers by claiming they sounded the alarms over the coronavirus all along while it was actually the media and Democrats who dismissed it.The network's most-viewed primetime host Sean Hannity has recently devoted much airtime to insisting he has "always taken the coronavirus seriously," despite no less than a month ago suggesting the pandemic might be a "deep state" plot to hurt the economy or, at another point, claiming concerns over the novel virus was a "new hoax" designed to "bludgeon" Trump.Like many of his Fox...

Tucker Carlson: Sen. Kelly Loeffler Should Resign if She Knew About Stock Trades
Tucker Carlson: Sen. Kelly Loeffler Should Resign if She Knew About Stock Trades

Two weeks after calling on Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) to resign if he couldn't explain his suspicious stock dumps, Fox News host Tucker Carlson said Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) must leave office if it is revealed she knew in advance about stock trades her financial advisers made.Last month, after news broke that Burr dumped up to $1.7 million in stocks-including shares in the hotel and resort industry-after Senate briefings on the new coronavirus, The Daily Beast reported that Loeffler made up to $3 million stock transactions after attending a senators-only meeting on the disease. All but two of the 29 transactions Loeffler and her husband made between late-January...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Latin America