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Rep. Duncan Hunter’s opponent: a hunter lost his way in DC
Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife are fighting, the charges that they used illegal campaign funds for personal expenses; hunter, his Democratic opponent Ammar Campa-Najjar responds to ‘their world’.
California democratic Congress candidate Ammar Campa-Najjar was hardly anyone on the radar last week in his longshot bid against GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter, in a majority Republican district.
But, according to Hunter’s indictment on Tuesday on corruption charges, including allegations of lavish personal expenditures with campaign funds, Campa-Najjar suddenly a candidate.
With his increased opportunities, if a control of his dark family past-his grandfather was a member of the Palestinian terrorist group “Black September” killed 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympic games in Munich.
The 29-year-old political novice who has Mexican and Palestinian heritage, has quickly and clearly in the separation of the self, by Muhammad Yusuf al-Najjar.
Campa-Najjar is important to note, 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 his departure from his grandfather, a not-so-subtle jab at his opponent.
“I’m happy, the responsibility for my own choices and my own decisions,” he said. “I think other men are responsible for their own crimes, whether it’s someone that I share a line with, and nothing else, or the Congress of deputies, the essence of which the accused sit, and could be facing serious costs in the future.”
His campaign says that while he is proud of his heritage, “American first”.
In an interview, Campa-Najjar told Fox News that he is not concerned that the story of his family the damage the campaign could.
“I’m not affected, but I think it shows the hunter is concerned,” he said. “My opponents have to go back three generations, to attack me. I can go back to mark the three days, which is quite a damning indictment of him.”
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Israeli media first drew attention to his family ties in early 2018, reports a finding, he argues for a peaceful solution to the middle East conflict-in contrast to his grandfather.
Hunter and his wife, meanwhile, pleaded not guilty to the charges declared against them on Thursday, and Hunter, that the prosecution is politically motivated. But by a long list of personal expenses in the amount of up to $250,000, the Hunter has struggled to explain the fees.
On Thursday, he was asked about the expenditure of his wife, Margaret, and he seemed to dissociate himself from them and their actions, say, it handled the campaign finances.
“She was also the head of the campaign, so everything you made, that you looked at, I’m sure,” Hunter Fox News’ Martha MacCallum said. “But I didn’t. … I wanted to spend no money, illegally.”
But even with Hunter’s legal problems, Campa-Najjar is facing a difficult climb to victory. He took only 17.5 percent in the district, the jungle primary, and they must convince to change a lot of Hunter voters.
Muhammad Yusuf al-Najjar
His website is for a possible shift to ‘Medicare for all’ is a popular slogan on the left side of the can be a hard sell, in this district. This week, liberal darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Campa-Najjar called your “progressive brother.”
But the candidate does not embrace the hard-left rhetoric criticized in public and even his party for ignoring Trump voters on Friday.
In case you missed it in yesterday’s GOP bonanza,
Sitting GOP Congressman @Rep_Hunter also was accused of.
My progressive brother contestant @ACampaNajjar to be running against him.
Ammar does not take corporate ? & supports Medicare for All.
Let’s do this: https://t.co/9MPxBGFHsP https://t.co/BWuTIPnmHy
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) August 22, 2018
“Those who Trump the Fans that voted for him voted, not because they are ignorant, but because they ignored, by my party and the country,” he said.
On immigration, while he brought not back Trump border wall-and believes a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, to the United States as children, and he supported tougher penalties for employers in violation of immigration laws and does not support the growing demands in his party to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
He wiped the question of whether he was a moderate or a left-wing progressive in the model of the Ocasio-Cortez.
“I am really interested in labels, I’ve labeled under the sun, and I’m not one that really fits into any label. I am who I am, I’m comfortable in my skin, and my views on my life experiences,” he said.
Campa-Najjar, who is Christ, the son of a Palestinian Muslim father (he spent part of his childhood in Gaza) and a Catholic Mexican-American mother.
For hunter, he is careful not to go overboard in his criticism of his fighting opponents. Campa-Najjar repeated the hunter called a “hero” for his service to the country in the war in Iraq.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Adam Shaw is a reporter covering the American and European politics for Fox News.. He can be reached.