Somali hardball alleged in Minneapolis council race
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
#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.
#3 Apr 26, 2013
You vote Somali or you get short sleeves or long sleeves.
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