A Washington, DC physician is claiming in a divorce filing that her political-consultant husband dumped her for Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) back in April. Dr. Beth Mynett’s bombshell filing, obtained by The New York Post on Tuesday, alleges that her spouse Tim Mynett made a “shocking declaration of love” for the Somali-born congresswoman before he ditched his wife.
The court documents also allege that the home-wrecker’s campaign paid Mr. Mynett large amounts of money for various expenses, raising the possibility that Omar violated additional campaign finance laws on top of the ones she has already been found guilty of violating.
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The physician, 55, and her 38-year-old husband — who has worked for left-wing Democrats such as Omar and her Minnesota predecessor, Keith Ellison — have a 13-year-old son together.
“The parties physically separated on or about April 7, 2019, when Defendant told Plaintiff that he was romantically involved with and in love with another woman, Ilhan Omar,” the court papers say.
“Defendant met Rep. Omar while working for her,’’ the document continues. “Although devastated by the betrayal and deceit that preceded his abrupt declaration, Plaintiff told Defendant that she loved him, and was willing to fight for the marriage.”
“Defendant, however, told her that was not an option for him’’ and moved out the next day, the papers allege.
“It is clear to Plaintiff that her marriage to Defendant is over and that there is no hope of reconciliation,’’ according to the filing.
Omar — a member of “the Squad,” a group of far left-leaning female freshman House members including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and two others — recently separated from her husband, according to reports.
The 37-year-old congresswoman and mom of three paid Tim Mynett and his E. Street Group approximately $230,000 through her campaign since 2018 for fundraising consulting, digital communications, internet advertising and travel expenses.
The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board has already found that Omar violated state campaign finance rules to pay her own personal expenses, including personal out-of-state travel, and help on her tax returns.
She was ordered to “reimburse her former campaign committee $3,469 to cover those travel and legal costs” and “pay the state a $500 civil penalty for using campaign cash to travel to Florida, where she accepted an honorarium.”
The board found Omar’s campaign purchased a plane ticket to Boston to speak at a political rally, paid for a hotel in Washington, D.C., where she participated in an interview for the Girl UP UN conference, and covered her travel to Chicago to accept an award and attend a fundraising luncheon.
The complaints were initially raised by state Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, who also suggested a $2,250 payment made from Omar’s campaign to the Kjellberg law firm covered Omar’s divorce proceedings from her second husband.
Former Minneapolis attorney John Hinderaker thinks Omar could be in legal trouble. “If the $230,000 that Omar’s campaign has paid to Mynett includes travel costs relating to romance rather than political consulting, or if the fees charged were inflated for the joint personal benefit of Mynett and Omar, it would represent another violation on Omar’s part,” he wrote at Powerline.
Hinderaker, who retired from practicing law at the end of 2015, added that “an appropriate agency should investigate the appropriateness of the funds paid by Omar’s campaign to Mynett.”
Government ethics watchdog Tom Anderson of the conservative National Legal and Policy Center also stated on Tuesday that Omar may have violated campaign finance law.
“We believe Representative Ilhan Omar may have touched the third rail of campaign finance law: disbursing campaign funds for personal use,” Anderson told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “It’s a brazen act Representative Omar was caught doing before in Minnesota and all of the evidence we’ve seen tells us she’s probably doing it again.”
Mynett is seeking primary physical custody of their son in part because of her husband’s “extensive travel” with Omar, the court filing says.
“Defendant’s more recent travel and long work hours now appear to be more related to his affair with Rep. Omar than with his actual work commitments,” the court papers state.
Mynett also argued that she doesn’t trust her husband’s judgment regarding their son anymore, in part because of his inappropriate behavior with Omar.
“By way of example, days prior to Defendant’s devastating and shocking declaration of love for Rep. Omar and admission of their affair, he and Rep. Omar took the parties’ son to dinner to formally meet for the first time at the family’s favorite neighborhood restaurant while Plaintiff was out of town,” the papers state.
“Rep. Omar gave the parties’ son a gift and the Defendant later brought her back inside the family’s home,” the court papers say.
Mynett said in the filing that she believed her husband “put his son in harm’s way by taking him out in public with Rep. Omar, who at that time had garnered a plethora of media attention along with death threats, one rising to the level of arresting the known would-be assassin that same week.”