Iraq war veteran, cop Chris Kelley to challenge Rep. Ilhan Omar in 2020

On Tuesday, Chris Kelley, a 27-year veteran of the U.S. Army and Army Reserves and a 20-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Force, announced he is challenging Rep. Ilhan Omar for her congressional seat in 2020.

Kelley was prompted to do so after Rep. Ilhan Omar in March described the September 11 attacks as “some people did something.”

“September 11 was a terrible loss of life, not just for police officers and firefighters and other first responders, but 3,000 people and non-combatants died, and to be dismissive of that was an outrage,” said Kelley, who is campaigning as an independent.

Kelly added, “I could sit and complain or I could do something about it...And I believe I can be a positive voice in standing up for people in our country and for our first responders and the people every day on the frontlines.”

According to Kelley, Omar has spent more time developing her popularity instead of serving her community.

“I won’t be bringing in controversy and scandal,” Kelley said. “I will be bringing firsthand knowledge of the things that I know are going on in the community as an officer. I see a lot every day – the homelessness, the opioid crisis; I want to bring these things to the forefront and put some ideas on the table on how to deal with them.”

Details on Kelly's campaign website are forthcoming.

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H/T: Fox News