California Democratic candidate Omar Siddiqui shocked audiences after publicly claiming the Democratic Party wanted him to change his name because they believed he was “too brown” to win in the 48th Congressional District. Siddiqui was running in an attempt to unseat Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA).
“‘You have government experience, you’ve worked with the FBI, but you know what? The name Omar Siddiqui will not work in Orange County. You need to change your name,'” said Siddiqui, discussing what local party officials told him. “You can imagine that was just unacceptable to me. I do not want to be judged on the color of my skin, but rather the content of my character.”
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Host Martha MacCallum asked Siddiqui if he called these party officials “out by name.”
“Well, what I did was I told them point blank, I said I’m not going to change my name. I’m not going to drop out of the race because I think somebody by the name of Omar Siddiqui is not going to have a chance in Orange County. And I moved forward, and we ran an excellent campaign, a clean campaign, and we did very well. I’m very excited about the results that are going to come out tonight,” Siddiqui said.
She followed up by asking whether he thought Democratic leaders in power were concerned about his messaging problems when it came to healing division in the United States.
“I love that. Well, the Democratic party is supposed to be the party of the underrepresented and the party of the marginalized. During the course of our campaign, we knocked on thousands and thousands of doors and one thing was a reoccurring theme was that the underrepresented communities were not getting any attention point-blank,” Siddiqui said.
Siddiqui is not expected to win one of the two spots in the ‘jungle primary’ system in California. The top two vote-getters, regardless of party, go to the runoff in the November election. While votes are still being counted, Siddiqui is pacing at fifth, at best.