Democratic Rep. Colin Allred is bidding to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas, confident that he can succeed where Beto O’Rourke fell short. With his track record of defeating incumbent Republican Rep. Pete Sessions and his ability to raise substantial campaign funds, Allred believes he has what it takes to secure a victory.
However, as Allred’s influence leans more towards the left and his efforts to curtail the Second Amendment gain traction, his past remarks and associations have come under scrutiny. Critics have focused on his historic support for radical imam Omar Suleiman, who has been involved in anti-Israel propaganda.
In 2019, Allred praised Suleiman for his message of peace and unity and his support for fellow Americans. But Suleiman’s recent comments labeling Israel as an “ethnosupremacist state” and accusing it of advancing “global white supremacy” have raised concerns. He has also referred to Israel’s war against Hamas as a “genocide” and made derogatory remarks likening Palestinian treatment to living under Nazis.
Suleiman’s association with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and his meeting with jihadists in Malaysia, who expressed extremist views, have further raised eyebrows. Additionally, Suleiman has been accused of spreading Hamas propaganda by falsely claiming that Israel hit a Gazan hospital with an airstrike.
In light of Suleiman’s anti-Israeli rhetoric, questions about Allred’s stance on the imam have been raised. Sen. Ted Cruz, in particular, questioned whether Allred still considers Suleiman to represent “the best of North Texas” in light of his recent statements.
Allred has yet to respond to these inquiries, leaving many curious about his true position. It remains to be seen whether Allred’s association with Suleiman could potentially impact his fundraising efforts, particularly from groups critical of Israel like J Street, which has provided significant financial support to his campaign.
The Republican Jewish Coalition has criticized Allred for aligning with J Street’s radicalism and his support of “antisemite” Ilhan Omar on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. However, Allred’s campaign has stated that he has garnered support from both AIPAC and J Street.
As the race between Allred and Cruz heats up, Allred’s associations and past remarks continue to draw attention, leaving voters questioning his true positions and alliances.