Rep. Ilhan Omar’s husband is reportedly filing for divorce following reports that she was having an affair with a political consultant for her campaign.
Rumors of a tryst between Omar and the also-married Democratic consultant, Tim Mynett, were confirmed by his wife, Dr. Beth Jordan Mynett, in a Washington, D.C., divorce filing last week. An anonymous source told the New York Post that Omar’s husband, Ahmed Hirsi, is angry that the headline-making development made him “look the fool,” as the Post put it.
According to the source, Hirsi has since agreed to Omar’s request that he divorce her. When they separated in March, the source said, Hirsi had told the Minnesota Democrat that if she wanted to break up she would have to do it herself.
“I’m surprised he hasn’t filed already,” the source said, adding that Hirsi was “very confused” by the affair allegations but still loved her and wanted to spare their three children from a public divorce battle.
The source said Hirsi is tired of Omar’s constant travel as a member of the “Squad” of left-wing first-term congresswomen which leaves him as the primary caregiver.
In May, Hirsi shared photos on social media of a family vacation to Miami with captions about new beginnings. Omar was notably absent.
“Nothing brings about more positive change than difficulties,” Hirsi captioned one image.
As husband demands divorce, Ilhan Omar claims couple is still together
During an interview last Tuesday with CBS Minnesota, Omar seemed to claim that she and Hirsi were still together and to deny having an affair with Mynett.
“I have no interest in allowing the conversation about my personal life to continue and so I have no desire to discuss it,” Omar said.
However, according to the the source, the couple’s March split is an “open secret” around Minneapolis, with Omar moving into a luxury condo downtown. Around the same time, she was spotted having dinner with Mynett at a California restaurant.
A Post reporter who visited the family’s home in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood said the house appears to be abandoned, with curtains drawn and cobwebs over the front porch.
Meanwhile, Hirsi has been staying with friends, and the kids have been spending time with a grandfather, the source said.
Mynett has also denied the alleged affair. In a counterclaim against his wife, he accused her of waging a smear campaign to “ruin his career” after he decided to end their unhappy marriage.
More questions emerge about Omar’s previous marriage
Omar has faced a number of questions about her marital status, but has largely refused to address them. She has often claimed that she is being targeted because she is a Muslim woman.
In 2012, a series of social media posts identified her then-husband, Ahmed Elmi, as her child’s uncle, prompting growing speculation that she married her brother to skirt U.S. immigration law. In June, evidence emerged that Omar probably lied to Minnesota authorities about her knowledge of Elmi’s whereabouts in order to obtain a no-fault divorce.
Omar’s campaigns have paid Mynett’s consulting firm, E Street Group, about $230,000 since 2018, according to FEC data. That is nearly a third of the campaigns’ total expenditures, as the Washington Examiner pointed out.
Using campaign funds to aid an affair would violate FEC regulations.
In his counterclaim, Mynett denied that his work-related travel was related to a romantic relationship with Omar.