Amatul-Wadud, a designated terrorist group CAIR board member, could become the first Muslim representative of the 1st Congressional District in Massachusetts.
MassLive U.S. Rep. Richard Neal and Tahirah Amatul-Wadud will both officially appear on the September ballot, setting the stage for a primary showdown — the first for Democrats in the 1st Congressional District in six years.
Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin’s office confirmed Wednesday that Neal and Amatul-Wadud had each been certified for the ballot after turning in more than the 2,000 voter signatures, as well as other documents, needed to take part in the Sept. 4 primary.
Amatul-Wadud, a member of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (“Status” as in the status of women under Islam?) and board member for the Massachusetts Hamas-linked Council of American-Islamic Relations.
The First Congressional District has not had a contested Democratic primary since redistricting in 2012, when Neal — who had represented the state’s 2nd Congressional District for 24 years — soundly defeated Andrea Nuciforo Jr. and Bill Shein, receiving nearly two-thirds of the vote.