She’s Running for Congress to be ‘Tough on crime’. But She’s Been Arrested Twice Already This Year.

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Representative Ilhan Omar has been a controversial figure since she was elected to public office in 2016. Omar made distasteful comments about 9/11 earlier this year that caught the ire of many Republicans, including President Trump. Republicans may want to see her out of office, but the candidate running against her has been arrested twice this year for theft.

Ironically, Daniella Stella, who is a pro-Trump advocate and is running on the promise of being “tough on crime,” has been arrested twice this year for stealing $2,300 worth of products from Target, the Daily Mail reported.

The 31-year-old announced she would be running against Omar for the Minnesota Congressional seat in 2020. Stella, who is a special education teacher, denied the reports, despite being arrested and charged. Her mugshot is easily available.

On January 8, Stella was arrested for stealing 279 items worth $2,327 from a Target in Edina, Minnesota. She was arrested after employees noticed her using the self-checkout line and only scanning about $50 worth of products, the Daily Kos reported.

When officers arrested her, Stella claimed she suffered from PTSD and did not remember anything once she entered the store. If convicted she faces up to five years in prison. In April, Stella was scheduled to make her first court appearance but never showed.

In turn, a judge issued an arrest warrant for Stella. As if things couldn’t get worse for the would-be Congressional candidate, police arrested her once again on theft, but this time she was stealing $40 worth of cat food from a grocery store.

Once arrested, officers noticed the active warrant issued for failure to show for her court hearing earlier that month.

In a text message exchange with The Guardian, Stella proclaimed her innocence.

“I am not guilty of these crimes. In this country I am innocent until proven guilty and that is the law,” Stella wrote in the text exchange. “If I was guilty of crimes, I would never run for public office, putting myself in the public eye under a microscope to be attacked by all political sides.”