Yesterday is historic — the day Metro Detroit voters put Rashida Tlaib on an unblocked path to be our country’s first Palestinian American congresswoman.
It’s the latest ascent in a steady climb by the former state representative (2009-12), who was the first Muslim American woman in Michigan’s Legislature and the second elected to any U.S. legislature.
Now the Detroit lawyer earns fresh national attention for winning a six-person Democratic primary Tuesday in the 13th Congressional District, represented by John Conyers for 52 years until he slinked away in December after credible sexual harassment accusations.
Sarah Ruiz-Grossman reports from New York in Huffington Post:
As the Democratic nominee in a district that has historically voted Democratic ― and with no Republican challengers ― Tlaib is all but guaranteed a seat in Congress in November. . . .
Breaking barriers will be nothing new to the Detroit-born mother of two. . . . “People think it’s corny ― I do want to change the world, and I want people like me to have a seat at the table,” the daughter of Palestinian immigrants told HuffPost last month.
The 42-year-old candidate tweets early Wednesday:
Thank you so much for making this unbelievable moment possible. I am at a loss for words. I cannot wait to serve you in Congress.
— Rashida For Congress (@RashidaTlaib) August 8, 2018
She tells Huffington Post:
“People are ready for someone like me. I’m not talking about being Muslim, Palestinian, brown or a woman. I vote the right way and go beyond that.”
The politics reporter describes her as “part of a movement of progressive candidates seeking to push the Democratic Party establishment further left.”
Tlaib doesn’t accept money from corporate PACs, and she told HuffPost she [backs a push] “to abolish ICE.”