Somali hardball alleged in Minneapoli...

Somali hardball alleged in Minneapolis council race

Posted in the Minneapolis Forum

Max Cady

Neenah, WI

#1 Apr 26, 2013
As endorsing convention approaches, two campaigns have filed challenges against Abdi Warsame in the heavily Somali ward.

Abdi War­same took the microphone last week at a DFL caucus across from Riverside Plaza. Shoppers congratulated him as he walked through a Somali mall a few days later, past the bright scarves and carpets for sale.

Warsame’s supporters harassed and intimidated attendees.

The allegations come days before Saturday’s closely watched DFL endorsing convention. The event pits War­same against another Somali candidate, Mohamed Cali, and 11-year Council Member Robert Lilligren, who must prove himself to a much larger population of East African immigrants after a redistricting panel last year redrew the ward’s boundaries. The shift came after Warsame and others advocated for more Somalis to be grouped in one ward.

Volunteers for Lilligren’s campaign said in interviews that people on War­same’s team essentially took over the April 16 caucuses, speaking in Somali and criticizing those who supported the other candidates, while also trying to turn more conservative Somali elders.

Neenah, WI

#3 Apr 26, 2013
Racist Republikans wrote:
Sounds a lot like Teabaggers tactics.
You vote Somali or you get short sleeves or long sleeves.

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