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Brooks: Minneapolis voter hit with the only thing worse than an unsolicited campaign text message

2021-10-26 20:12:45 –

The text message for the campaign, which pinged Elizabeth Wrigley Field’s phone, began asking for her vote, as many do.

The campaign text message ended up with a one-sided photo of a stranger’s genitals, as it should have never been.

The text began, “Dear resident of District 6, please vote for Jamal Othman on November 2nd.” “Jamal assists our police and makes us accountable to criminals for their actions.”

The sender claimed to represent Osman, the first councilor of Minneapolis, facing a challenge from community organizer Abdirizak Bihi. It seemed like a strange pitch to make to Wrigley Field, a demographer and a sociology professor who publicly posted on social media about her misfortune with both candidates in the race.

She thought it was Robotext, but she started responding quickly anyway.

“I didn’t mean to vote for you, but you may have just voted for Bihi,” she sent a text message.

That should have been the end.

Instead, the amusing and embarrassed Wrigley Field kept his text messages as he walked his dog and was preparing to celebrate his wedding anniversary on Monday.

The sender insulted Bihi and the previous candidate. I shared photos of Ottoman’s smile with my family and DFL figures such as Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and US Congressman Ilhan Omar. The sender began to mention Ottoman in a third person and then began responding as if he were Ottoman, but dredged what Wrigley Field made about the race on Twitter a few months ago.

“So I asked,’Are you really Jamal Othman?’ And he said,’Yes, I am,'” she said on Tuesday, a long and strange exchange screen. After sharing the shot. “I didn’t believe him because it’s ridiculous. I don’t think that’s the way candidates are spending their time.”

However, the sender continued to send, ducking a substantive question that Wrigley Field tried to ask about vaccine distribution efforts in the ward. She thought it was an avid campaign volunteer who couldn’t refuse the answer. Maybe she suggested that reaching out to voters wasn’t the right role for you. Again, the sender claimed that this was being spoken by a member of the Minneapolis City Council.

Her phone started pinging again when Wrigley Field sat down for a wedding anniversary dinner with her husband on Monday night. First, a series of innocent photos of the Ottoman and his family, and at the DFL event.

So. One-sided photo of someone’s genitals.

“Sorry, the photo is wrong,” the sender posted. “I’m a volunteer, not Jamal Othman.”

Suddenly, text exchange is no longer interesting.

Yes, if you are a woman who has a public opinion, someone will try to arm you with the male anatomy. You get the pictures, you get the threat, and sooner or later someone tells you to sandwich them.

The Ottoman campaign denied any connection to the text exchange, and campaign supporters slammed back when Wrigley Field posted about the incident on Tuesday. The number that was sending her a text message was disconnected.

Sean Bloom, Senior Advisor to the Ottoman Campaign, said: “It is unacceptable for her to receive a sexual graphic image. As a volunteer or staff, no one involved in our campaign has anything to do with this.”

He said the Ottoman campaign did not use commercial services to blow up its members in Robotext and did most of its outreach by telephone banking. In addition, the DFL voter database used in the campaign does not have Wrigley Field phone numbers or emails.

This only deepens the mystery of offensive text. Was it from the opposite campaign? A political operative trying to make both candidates look bad? Trolls just trying to miser everyone a week before the election?

“It was very frustrating to be accused of being so vicious,” Bloom said. “From the beginning, this campaign has done everything we can to do based on Jamal’s values.”

It was a brutal and hurt campaign season in Minneapolis and you can rest assured that we have now bottomed out.

However, the election day is still six days away.

jennifer.brooks@startribune.com 612-673-4008 • Follow Jennifer on Twitter: @stribrooks

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