By Ariella Plachta, Los Angeles Daily News

Freshman congresswoman Rep. Ilhan Omar is set to step away from a storm swirling around her in Washington and into the San Fernando Valley on March 23, to be a featured speaker at a Council on American-Islamic Relations fundraising event attended by members of the Valley’s American Muslim community. …

Eugene Fields, a spokesperson for CAIR Los Angeles said that “a good number” of the greater L.A. area’s estimated half a million American Muslims live in the Valley, and so far reception to Omar’s participation in the event has been overwhelmingly positive.

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