The Somali-Americans have their own caucus. Isn’t that cute? Like dressing up a child in a business suit, or those paintings with dogs around a poker table.
The mission of the Minnesota DFL Somali-American Caucus is to utilize the political process to bring positive impact to the communities where we work, learn and live. This underlying mission guides our many activities, such as: Educating the public about the Somali Community in Minnesota Recruiting viable Somali-American candidates to run for public office Screening and endorsing candidates for local, state, and federal offices Working with candidates to help reach out to the Somali Community in Minnesota to address our issues Lobbying and petitioning Minnesota’s state and federal elected officials to support legislation that will bring positive change to the Somali-American community in Minnesota –
Aka, gibsmedat caucus.
As Steve Sailer mentioned, a Jewish politician in Minnesota introduced a bill to legalize cousin marriage to please her Somali constituents.
By Steve Sailer on February 20, 2014 at 10:29am
Awhile ago I mentioned that Minnesota legislator Phyllis Kahn had once introduced a bill to legalize cousin marriage in the Gopher State to please her growing number of Somali constituents. But that hasn’t kept the Somalis wholly content with the veteran politician of the Democratic Farm-Labor party (as the Democrats are known in Minnesota).
Having solved all political problems in their home country (countries? federation? state-free libertarian utopias?), the Somalis have deigned to bestow some of their genius for political order upon the hopelessly nondiverse Minnesotans. So, now Ms. Kahn is being challenged for the Democratic nomination by fellow Democrat Mohamud Noor of the Minneapolis school board.
The DFL caucus in Ward 6 Precinct 3 has a unique distinction among Minneapolis’ 119 gatherings Tuesday night: It’s the only one shut down by the authorities.
The caucus at the Brian Coyle Center in Cedar-Riverside produced an overflow crowd of more than 300, a pre-caucus argument handled by the police and a subsequent physical attack on one of the participants.
Eventually, staff from the Coyle center decided to shut down the event, and police quickly dispersed the crowd.
Emotions had been running high more than an hour before the scheduled 7 p.m. start and escalated even more by caucus time in the Cedar-Riverside Somali stronghold.
The cause of the uproar was the strong feelings among backers of longtime Rep. Phyllis Kahn and her challenger, Minneapolis School Board Member Mohamud Noor, who has strong support in the Somali community.
A large number of Noor supporters had congregated at the community building more than an hour early. Shortly after, an argument over procedures broke out between the Kahn and Noor supporters.