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PHILADELPHIA — Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) sought to energize progressive activists on Saturday, telling a crowd that lawmakers shouldn’t “ask for permission or wait for an invitation to lead.”
Omar, addressing the Netroots Nation conference, an annual meeting of progressive activists, appeared to take jabs at Democratic House leadership after a week of tension between her fellow progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
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“We recognize every single person has a role. Our role is to take our votes. Leadership’s role is to wrangle votes. And so if everybody understands what their role is, then everybody succeeds,” Omar said.
Omar made the comments on a panel alongside Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), two of her fellow freshman congresswomen. Along with Ocasio-Cortez, the lawmakers are known in Washington as “the squad.”
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Omar appeared to double down on House progressives' feud with their party's leadership, suggesting that tensions within the party remain.
She said during the “Making Herstory: The Women Who Are Shifting the Balance of Power in Washington” keynote address that there's a "struggle, often times, with people who have power about sharing that power.”
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“We are not really in the business of asking for the share of that power. We are in the business of trying to...
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