Ilhan Omar Marries Consultant After Affair Accusations

Lawmaker filed for divorce in October, after new husband's wife accused him of an affair
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 12, 2020 4:30 PM CDT
Ilhan Omar Marries Consultant
Rep. Ilhan Omar, shown last month, announced her marriage on Instagram.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh File)

US Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota has married a political consultant who worked for her, months after the two were accused of having an affair, which she denied. A marriage license filed in Washington, DC, shows Omar married political consultant Tim Mynett on Wednesday. Omar announced her new marriage Wednesday night on Instagram, with a photo of her and a man smiling and displaying wedding rings. “Got married! From partners in politics to life partners, so blessed," the post says, without identifying Mynett by name. Filings with the Federal Election Commission show Omar's campaign paid Tim Mynett or his firm nearly $600,000 since July 2018, the AP reports. Though it may raise eyebrows, family members, including spouses, can be on the campaign payroll as long as the family member provides services at a fair market value.

A relationship between Omar and Mynett was publicly alleged in August, when Mynett's then-wife, Beth Mynett, filed for divorce and accused her husband and Omar of having an affair. In response, Tim Mynett filed his own court document denying his wife's assertion that he had told her months earlier that he was in love with Omar and that he was ending his marriage to be with the congresswoman. When Omar was asked at the time whether she was separated from her then-husband or dating someone, she told WCCO-TV, "No, I am not." She has since declined to discuss her personal life. In October, she filed for divorce from her husband and longtime partner Ahmed Hirsi, citing an "irretrievable breakdown" in the marriage. That divorce was finalized in November.

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