Anti-Crime Republican Is Currently On The Run From The Law

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Republican congressional candidate Danielle Stella is on the run from police as she tries to unseat Rep. Ilhan Omar.

Republican House candidate Danielle Stella is running against Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) in the upcoming election — and she is also running from the law.

According to The Daily Beast, Stella “has been wanted for months on an arrest warrant for felony shoplifting,” but she isn’t letting this tiny fact derail her campaign. The publication reported that the candidate has raised nearly $84,000 as of the end of 2019 and continues to build her social media following.

The Republican’s legal troubles began last year, when she was arrested twice on shoplifting charges, The Guardian reported in July. Minneapolis police allege “that she shoplifted items worth more than $2,300 from a Target and goods valued at $40 from a grocery store,” though Stella has denied any wrongdoing.

But she failed to appear for multiple court hearings in October, according to court records, and after the last one, a still-outstanding warrant was issued for her arrest, The Daily Beast reported.

The Republican — who claims to adhere to the QAnon conspiracy theory — also sparked inquiries regarding her whereabouts after “a conspiracy theorist with 50,000 YouTube subscribers claimed with no evidence during a livestream that Stella was in some unspecified danger at a hotel in Osceola, Wisconsin.”

Regardless of the her legal woes and any other trouble she might be getting into, Stella is still operating her campaign online, including continued fundraising efforts and posting “messages to her supporters on Facebook and Instagram, including promotional memes about QAnon,” The Daily Beast noted.

Stella's situation is all the more interesting for the fact that she has taken an anti-crime stance during her candidacy.

The Guardian reported that in July, Stella "described Minneapolis as 'the crime capital of our country'. She has in the past complained that local police were 'overworked and overburdened' and said that, if elected, she would work to reduce crime."

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