The chairman of the Republican 1st Congressional District in Minnesota has sent out a very excited email about the need to endorse Jim Hagedorn.
Let me get this straight: We want to reward the guy who lied right to our faces, wasted our time and money, and widened the rift in the district by wasting more time and money to give him the very thing he thought lowly enough to ignore four months ago.
Hagedorn used the excuse that Aaron Miller wasn't running an aggressive enough campaign to get back into the race. Well, Hagedorn, I hate to break it to you, but nobody asked how you felt.
Republicans endorsed Miller in April so he would have an extra three months to run against Tim Walz, and that's what he was doing. Miller made the decision to continue running against Walz (just like we endorsed him to do), and Hagedorn exploited that by running a nonstop attack campaign against Miller. Hagedorn gave up that right when he made the promise to abide by the endorsement, and we chose Miller.
Hagedorn said many times that he felt the need to get back into the race because he cares so much for his native Minnesota. Why then did he choose to live outside of Minnesota for his entire adult life — except for two years — one year for each time he moved back here to run for office.
Hagedorn ran nonstop attacks against Miller on radio and in newspapers, acting like an angry little kid who didn't get picked in tag and then decides to burn down the house so no one can play.
Did Miller didn't attack Hagedorn. Of the several times I met Miller, he showed himself to be a good and decent man who has spent his entire life defending our rights. A man whose accomplishments are much more than "my father was a congressman."
As Republicans, we stand on principle, and that is what I'm doing. Hagedorn deserves no endorsement until he pays back every single delegate and alternate the money and time that were wasted.