Readers who’ve been keeping up remember that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) separated from her husband this summer. Some especially attentive readers may know that Omar was seen with another man having dinner at a restaurant in California back in March 2019 (and reportedly holding hands with him).
Now the New York Post reports having obtained a divorce filing in Washington, D.C. from Dr. Beth Mynett, who alleges that her husband, Tim Mynett, left her in April 2019 for Ilhan Omar.
Mynett is the man Omar was seen with in California in March. According to Beth Mynett’s divorce filing:
“The parties physically separated on or about April 7, 2019, when Defendant told Plaintiff that he was romantically involved with and in love with another woman, Ilhan Omar,” the court papers say.
The Mynetts have a 13-year-old son together, for whom Beth Mynett is seeking primary custody. She alleges in the divorce filing that Tim Mynett travels a great deal, and in fact travels more than is professionally necessary with Ms. Omar. Beth Mynett was concerned earlier this year when her husband introduced Omar to their son, and potentially endangered him at a time when Omar was alleged to be receiving death threats due to her political statements.
The usual caveats apply in the case of any divorce filing. The NY Post also reports, however, that Omar’s campaign organization has made payments totaling approximately $230,000 to Tim Mynett, a political consultant, starting in 2018.
The Daily Mail (top link) reported on August 7 that Mynett had received thousands in travel expenses from Omar, and had traveled with her to Los Angeles, New York City, Austin, and Seattle.
Tim Mynett’s organization is the E. Street Group, which during the 2018 election cycle also worked with three other candidates for the House of Representatives. According to the Daily Mail, the group was formed in July 2018, a month before the first payment made to it by Omar. Mynett and his partner William Hailer bill their firm as politically progressive, and in an archived bio cited by Daily Mail, Mynett lists some of his connections:
The profile goes on to say that Mynett has served as a lead fundraiser for a string of Dems including [Keith] Ellison, Senator Jeff Merkley, Congresswoman Hilda Solis and Congressman Ron Kind.
He’s also worked for national non-profits and ‘progressive organizations’ including Angelina Jolie’s Global Action for Children and the SEIU’s Change that Works initiative focused on passing Obamacare.
As Daily Mail’s report from August 7 notes, Tim Mynett was with Omar at the CAIR dinner on March 23 in Woodland Hills, California at which she summarized the 9/11 attacks on the United States as “some people [doing] something.” That dinner was held the day before Omar and Mynett were seen having dinner in Playa del Rey, California.
NY Post acknowledges that there is nothing necessarily illegal alleged in any of this. The pattern may be troubling to voters, however. Ilhan Omar is now reportedly headed for her second divorce from Ahmed Hirsi, with whom she has three children. Questions persist about a family relationship between Omar and her interim husband, Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, whom she divorced Hirsi the first time, in 2008, to marry. New-media sleuths say they have compelling evidence that Elmi is Omar’s brother, but Omar vigorously denies that. The allegation, unproven, is that Omar married Elmi in order to secure him a visa to the United States.
At FrontPage Magazine, Daniel Greenfield points out that Islam has a low tolerance for this kind of personal behavior from women: “Islam has a certain degree of tolerance for infidelity. Especially among men where it isn’t much of an issue. There’s no tolerance for this same kind of behavior among women.”
But all along, Omar has been more political than religiously observant. Her fortunes in American politics will stand or fall on what the voters of Minnesota can tolerate.