Abdi Warsame’s very bad, terrible, really awful first few months

abdi-warsame_head copyBY ED FELIEN

Minneapolis City Council Member Abdi Warsame has had a very bad first couple of months.
First, he voted for Barbara Johnson for council president against his fellow Southside council member, Elizabeth Glidden. Any hope progressives had that he would align himself with liberals from South Minneapolis like Cam Gordon, Alondra Cano, Andrew Johnson and Elizabeth Glidden were dashed when he voted to support the more conservative Northside Machine.
Second, the tragic fire in Cedar Riverside that took three lives was certainly not his fault, contrary to the popular belief in China that bad things happen when the emperor loses the Mandate of Heaven. But, when a tragic fire happened in rooming houses at the University of Minnesota more than 10 years ago, Paul Zerby, who was council member there at the time, initiated a full scale inspection program that sent city inspectors into all the rooming houses to try to prevent future disasters. Warsame could (and probably should) have all the older apartments in the area inspected. It now seems likely that the cause of the Cedar Riverside fire was probably faulty electrical wiring. Warsame should not be blamed for the first fire, but he certainly will be blamed for the next one.
And, as if all that weren’t enough, there was the raucus caucus at Cedar Riverside that brought a lot of bad publicity and a possible criminal investigation to his front door. Ilhan Omar, an aide to Council Member Andrew Johnson, was attacked at the DFL precinct caucus at Cedar Riverside. It has been alleged that the people who struck her were either relatives of Warsame or his council aide. It is further alleged that Warsame warned Johnson that Omar should not attend the caucus, which seems to indicate an attack on her was planned and imminent.
As the highest elected official in the state from the Somali community, he voted to approve Susan Segal as city attorney, even though Southside anti-stadium activists were still upset with Segal’s legal opinion that the City Council did not have to allow the voters of Minneapolis to approve spending almost a billion dollars of taxpayer’s money even though the Minneapolis City Charter says in two separate places that the citizens have that right. And he voted to reappoint Velma Korbel as civil rights director even though she was responsible for destroying citizen review of police misconduct.
Abdi Warsame carries a heavy burden of responsibility on his shoulders. Non-Somalis look to him to try to understand Somali culture, and Somalis look to him to try to understand how government works in this culture. He is the bridge of understanding between two worlds, and, right now, that bridge looks like it’s in need of repair.


  1. There is famous somali saying that says Sahankii lagu hungoobey which translates loss before rescue. It means Abdi Warsame is complete disgrace to our community and people of ward 6.

  2. What has he done on the Council so far. New initiatives or just coasting. What has his voting record been so far.

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