Socialist Beats High Ranking State Senate Democrat For DFL Endorsement

A self-described socialist and a progressive beat out two longtime incumbent Democrats for the DFL endorsement in a potentially compromised online election.

Omar Fateh

Minnesota State Senate Minority Leader Jeff Hayden lost his DFL endorsement by 73%, Thursday, to self described Socialist, Omar Fateh.

Fateh is a 29-year-old child of Somali-American immigrants who has not previously held office. Hayden has been involved in Minnesota politics since 2001, and has held office in St. Paul since 2009. Fateh beat out Hayden for the nomination in a controversial, potentially compromised, election that was held online amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, per Sahan Journal.

If elected to the State Senate in 2020, Fateh promises to raise the minimum wage to $15, require Minnesota to use “100% renewable energy by 2030,” institute socialized medicine that funds “transgender healthcare” and provide driver’s licenses to illegal aliens, per his campaign website.

He also hopes to “divest” from all fossil fuel related industry and discourage the use of “personal automobiles.”

Amidst the coronavirus Fateh has spoken out in support of a rent freeze, a position widely supported by the Democratic Socialist Party of America, which has endorsed the young progressive.

Another progressive, Esther Agbaje, also ousted longtime State Representative Raymond Dehn, nabbing the DFL nomination from the long time indumbent.

However, both Dehn and Hayden say they’re not out of the fight for office yet.

Hayden has described the online nomination process that lost him the Democratic nomination as “very flawed,” according to Sahan. “I’m really, really concerned about voter integrity,” he adds.

The State Senate Minority Leader has not yet decided if he will challenge the endorsement, opting to run against his socialist opponent without the blessing of the party. He has also considered challenging Congresswoman Ilhan Omar in her primary this summer.

Dehn says he’ll announce in coming days whether or not he’ll challenge Agbaje.