Abdi Warsame supporters distribute late-hour campaign smear

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Warsame (left) and Lilligren
Here's a new low, even by political standards.

SEE ALSO: Robert Lilligren's campaign accuses Somali challenger of using homophobic tactics

Someone in Minneapolis' Sixth Ward is distributing this late-hour smear against incumbent City Council member Robert Lilligren, alleging that he discriminates against minorities, the poor, and the elderly:

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Back of the door hanger

The front of the flier says, "Paid and prepared by Power by the People," which is apparently a third-party organization in support of Abdi Warsame's campaign.

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Front of the door hanger

Multiple messages left with Warsame's campaign were not immediately returned Tuesday.

Lilligren's campaign manager, Trista Schwind, said she found the fliers on staff vehicles at about 8 p.m. Monday.

"It's really unfortunate some of our opponents feel the need to go so negative here at the end," she said. "Robert Lilligren has always stood on his record and ran a really positive campaign, and I think the truth will be tonight in the results."

This summer, Lilligren contested the Sixth Ward DFL endorsement of Warsame, alleging that Warsame supporters used homophobia and language barriers to win support from the ward's predominately Somali population. However, a DFL committee rejected the Lilligren campaign's challenge.

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Kim Connell
Kim Connell

Warsame and his whole team should be sued for libel

Zoë Garrison
Zoë Garrison

So, uh, sorry about that Adriana Leal... 2 out of 3?

amy.vans
amy.vans

Here is Abdi's statement regarding the controversy -

It has come to our attention that Basim Sabri and his political action committee, on their own volition, have distributed pamphlets concerning today's election. We firmly denounce these tactics and affirm that the "Vote Warsame for Ward 6" campaign had nothing to do with it. We condemn the pamphlet and we are appalled that Abdi Warsame's name was used on it. 


"Vote Warsame For Ward 6" campaign has always ran a clean campaign, and the actions of Basim Sabri and his political action committee are disgusting.

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

didn't take the Somalian long to figure out to cheat and be an a hole just like the rest

Dana Froehlig
Dana Froehlig

Your so vain... I think these politicians have played you... Wake up and accept corruption as normal cuz business and politics have been mafioso and gang likes since someone make a stone axe

unemployed_writer
unemployed_writer

OK, that's bad, but it's not "a new low." Nice lede, though.

Fred Johnston
Fred Johnston

I would like to think there is at least the potential for honor and respect. Yes a lost concept in politics but am hopeful

Nicholas S. Goers
Nicholas S. Goers

We should be voting ALL new people into office... It's time for change and change starts with a younger and fresh new group of politicians!

Fred Johnston
Fred Johnston

and this man is attempting to be elected by using slander? how are you supposed to lead if you have no respect when running for office? Even if the "accusations" are true/false/borderline there is NO reason to slander an opponent to win a election!!!

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

@Ran Dazzle Why mention his race? That has nothing to do with this in any way, it was a third party group who put these out. Derp!

orangevening1
orangevening1

Not when they act like this. Robert deserves another term. Wish I could of voted for him. Be careful what you wish for.

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