U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) suggested last month that a fellow Minnesota Democrat, Rep. Ilhan Omar, should be ousted from the party — likely in a bid to appeal to rural and more moderate voters across his district.
Now, it is him who is fighting to retain a seat in Congress while Omar continues to be embraced and supported by the party establishment, as reported by the Daily Caller.
“She doesn’t belong in our party”
While Peterson has styled himself as a rare conservative within the Democratic Party, it is becoming clear that there is no place left for his viewpoints within many of the party’s circles.
As the New York Post reported in mid-September, Peterson was asked for his thoughts about Omar as he walked outside the Capitol building in Washington D.C.
A staffer for the National Republican Congressional Committee asked why Peterson defended the progressive congresswoman, evoking the surprising admission: “I don’t defend her. She doesn’t belong in our party.”
He was pressed to clarify his remark but simply repeated that Omar “doesn’t belong in our party” before walking away from the questioner.
“Let the chips fall where they may”
The pro-gun, anti-abortion “Blue Dog” Democrat has stook in opposition with his party on numerous issues, most notably in his votes against the Affordable Care Act and Trump’s impeachment.
Peterson obliquely acknowledged her predicament during a recent debate against former Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach, his widely popular GOP rival.
“I don’t see myself as partisan,” he declared. “I see myself as an American. And what I do is I’m a representative. I go to D.C. and I represent my district. If my district is out of tune with my party, I don’t care. I’m going to represent my district and let the chips fall where they may.”
Though he has represented the district for nearly three decades, the Star Tribune explained that he could soon find himself on the outs with his constituents and his party.
Unfortunately, as the Democratic Party shifts further to the left, there appears to be little room left for anyone without sufficiently progressive views.