NC 9th District candidate Dan McCready returns donation from Rep. Ilhan Omar

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV/WECT) – Democrat Dan McCready has returned a campaign donation from a Democratic congresswoman who has been at the center of national controversy.

A spokesperson for McCready says he has returned a $2,000 donation from Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar.

Omar has faced criticism for her comments on Israel. Some Democrats have come to her support after recent tweets from President Donald Trump focusing on Omar.

“Dan feels strongly that there is no place for divisiveness in our politics. Our campaign is focused on bringing people together. As such, Dan felt it was appropriate to return the donation from then-candidate Omar,” a McCready spokesperson wrote in a statement.

McCready tweeted Wednesday night explaining his decision.

“Some folks are asking why I directed the return of Rep. Omar’s donation,” McCready wrote in a tweet. “I did this weeks ago because I vigorously disagree with any anti-semitic comments.”

He also condemned attacks on Omar for her Muslim faith.

“Too many have been hurt by our broken politics,” he tweeted. “We must end hate speech against all people and groups.”

McCready trailed Republican Mark Harris by a slim margin in the November general election. In February, the state ordered a new election for the 9th Congressional District after reviewing evidence of absentee ballot fraud by operatives working for Harris.

The deadline to register for the May 14 primary and other Bladen County races is Monday, April 22, and early voting begins Wednesday, April 24.

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