Colorado Gov. Jared Polis made a significant donation to the campaign of Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar’s primary opponent.
According to campaign finance records, Polis, a Democrat, donated $1,000 to Antone Melton-Meaux, a Minneapolis attorney who is running as a Democrat in the primary race for Omar’s seat, on Monday.
Melton-Meaux has significantly outpaced Omar in terms of fundraising. In the most recent filings, he brought in $3.2 million, nearly 7 times the fundraising haul that Omar brought in during the same time period. Omar’s campaign has said it is not concerned about Melton-Meaux’s fundraising success because many of his donations flow in from outside of the district.
Donations to Melton-Meaux have also stemmed from Jewish and pro-Israel organizations in response to Omar’s history of making remarks perceived as anti-Semitic. Polis also happens to be Jewish and has previously spoken about his fears of the rise in anti-Semitism in the United States and his support for a strong relationship between the U.S. and Israel.
Polis, who was Colorado’s first openly gay governor, holds more centrist political positions than Omar, who is a member of the democratic socialist “Squad” featuring Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib.
Democratic voters will decide between Melton-Meaux and Omar during the primary election on Aug. 11.