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California Democratic congressional candidate Ammar Campa-Najjar was barely on anyone’s radar last week in his longshot bid against GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter, in an overwhelmingly Republican district.
But after Hunter’s indictment Tuesday on corruption charges, including allegations of lavish personal spending with campaign funds, Campa-Najjar is suddenly a contender.
The article goes on to state the following:
With his boosted chances, though, has come scrutiny of his dark family past — his grandfather was a member of the Palestinian Black September terror group that killed 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.
The 29-year-old political neophyte, who has both Mexican and Palestinian heritage, has been quick and unequivocal in separating himself from Muhammad Yusuf al-Najjar.
Campa-Najjar is keen to point out he has never met his grandfather, whose death at the hands of Israeli commandos happened 16 years before Ammar was born. In a statement this week, the former Obama administration Labor Department official used his disavowal of his grandfather to take a not-so-subtle dig at his opponent.
“I’m happy to take responsibility for my own choices and my own decisions,” he said. “I think other men are responsible for their own crimes, whether it’s somebody who I share a lineage with and nothing else, or a sitting congressman whose being indicted and could be facing serious charges in the future.”
His campaign also says while he’s proud of his heritage, he is “American first.”
In an interview, Campa-Najjar told Fox News he isn’t concerned that his family history could harm the campaign.
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In case you missed it in yesterday’s GOP bonanza,
Sitting GOP Congressman @Rep_Hunter was also indicted.
My progressive brother candidate @ACampaNajjar is running against him.
Ammar doesn’t take corporate 💰 & supports Medicare for All.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) August 22, 2018
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