JIM HAGEDORN  (R) MN-01

Former Republican U.S. House Rep. from Minnesota

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  • SEDITION CAUCUS: Hagedorn voted against certifying the 2020 vote count in PA and AZ based on false accusations of voter fraud. [1]

  • Since 2017, Hagedorn and his wife, Jennifer Carnahan, have been close friends with Anton "Tony" Lazzaro, a long-time Minnesota donor and activist who was indicted by the FBI in 2021 for at least 10 charges of child sex-trafficking. [1]

  • Hagedorn opposed the Affordable Care Act and pledged to repeal it in favor of “free-market solutions”. [1]

  • Hagedorn voiced conspiracies about former President Obama's birthplace. [1]

  • Hagedorn referred to green energy as “global warming extremism”. [1]

  • Hagedorn apologized after referring to female senate colleagues as “undeserving bimbos in tennis shoes”. [1]

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Jim Hagedorn (R)
Wikipedia

Name

Born

Died

Education

Category

Affiliation

Spouse

James Lee Hagedorn

August 4, 1962

February 17, 2022 (age 59)
George Mason University (BA)

Politician

Far-Right, Trumper

Jennifer Carnahan (m. 2018)

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  • Hagedorn claimed that former Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman only supported the Iraq War because he was Jewish. [1][2]

  • Hagedorn apologized after referring to his female senate colleagues “undeserving bimbos in tennis shoes”. [1][2]

  • Hagedorn thanked Republican John McCain for picking “Caribou Barbie” Sarah Palin as his running mate, saying, “On behalf of all red-blooded American men... THANK YOU SENATOR McCAIN, SARAH'S HOT!” [1]

  • In Hagedorn's self-described “Masterpiece Analysis” of the 2002 election, which was featured on his former website, Hagedorn urged California Republicans to nominate a “good looking female actresses with nice boobs,” like “Heather Lockler.” He praised “Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu” of Louisiana as “one of those rare finds: a liberal babe.” He mocked Democratic Maryland gubernatorial nominee Kathleen Kennedy Townsend as “an unattractive candidate if there ever was one,” calling her “a dog” and someone with “ugly qualities.” Additionally, Hagedorn speculated that a “harsh, strained appearance also penetrates Townsend’s face during sex,” and he attacked North Carolina Republican Senate nominee Elizabeth Dole as “Bob Dole in drag.” [1][2][3]

  • Hagedorn cheerfully predicted the 2002 defeat of Sen. Max Cleland (D-GA), a triple-amputee from wounds suffered while he served in Vietnam, joking “adios, half-soldier.” [1]

  • Hagedorn described the non-Las Vegas parts of Nevada as “nuclear waste and thankless Indians". Additionally, when it was alleged that Native Americans in South Dakota who were no longer alive had cast election ballots, Hagedorn wrote “Leave it to the liberals to ruin John Wayne’s wisdom of the only good Indian being a dead Indian.” [1][2][3]

  • In 2017, Hagedorn voiced support for former President Trump's refugee ban, saying, "Minnesota has an assimilation and terrorist problem because of refugees that come from countries that hate America." [1]

  • In 2006, Hagedorn said that he supported a "constitutional amendement to define marriage as between a man and a woman". In 2012, Hagedorn said that legalizing same sex marriage was "crazy". In 2014, Hagedorn said that he opposed the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" legislation. And in 2015, Hagedorn voiced his opposition to the Supreme Court's decision to legalize gay marriage. [1][2]

  • In a 2004 essay called “Tolerance v. Acceptance,” Hagedorn made it clear that he thinks consensual relationships between same-sex couples should still be criminal in the United States. The essay denounced the 2003 Supreme Court decision in “Lone Star Sodomites v. God and Country (Lawrence et al v. Texas)” as “an abomination on par with the deviancy it attempted to condone,” and lambasted the six justices in the majority for striking down “a dwindling number of rarely enforced morals laws by which States, in essence, prohibited two-way traffic in tunnels constructed by God and marked by nature as ‘exit only.'” He predicted that the effort by “homosexuals [to] achieve normalcy in our civilized society” would be one they would “surely lose,” despite “the left’s expeditious exploration of a modern day Sodom and Gomorrah.” [1]

  • In November 2015, Hagedorn supported cutting defense spending, saying, "Unfortunately, the Department of Defense is wasting tens of billions of dollars every year -- taxpayer money that should be spent more productively or used to reduce the skyrocketing national debt... We can reduce annual Pentagon expenditures by at least $50 billion, while protecting the pay and benefits of our soldiers and maintaining critical weapons systems and investments in technology." [1]

  • In June 2019, Hagedorn suggested during a town hall that people in immigration detention camps can simply leave: “The people that are there, they can leave. Nobody is holding them against their will — they can leave.” [1]

  • In May 2016, Hagedorn said, "It's time to once and for all declare war [on radical Islam]." [1]

  • In 2020, in response to activist Shaun King saying that depictions of Jesus as white should be destroyed, Hagedorn wrote that the Democratic Party and Black Lives Matter movement "are at war with our country, our beliefs and western culture." In response to critiques that the term "Western culture" has been used to promote white nationalism, Hagedorn said, "The notion that statues and images of Jesus Christ somehow represent white supremacy and should be destroyed is ludicrous and represent a growing intolerant movement on the left to silence any voices that do not align with their radical secular views." [1] His comments led several corporate donors, including Intel and UnitedHealth Group, to ask him to return their donations. [2][3]

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  • Hagedorn supported drilling for oil on federal lands and in Alaska: “Hagedorn supports expanding oil drilling in the U.S., including federal lands, coastlines and Alaska. And he supports allowing more pipelines and infrastructure.” [1] Hagedorn also supported the Keystone XL pipeline, saying that the only people who opposed it were "environmental zealots". [2]

  • Hagedorn called opponent Tim Walz a “global warming alarmist.” [1]

  • Hagedorn referred to green energy as “global warming extremism”, and also said that Obama-era EPA regulations were “extremist”: "Is climate change real? I have no idea. If if the earth is heating and cooling, it’s been doing that since the since God created it. All I can tell you is this: that the proposals put out there by the extremists and the Obama administration, and yes I call them extremists, and that comes from Collin Peterson, Seventh District Democrat congressman from Farmfest last year, they’re out of control." Additionally, Hagedorn said that there was a “war on agriculture in this country,” and that the Obama Administration had “weaponized” the EPA. [1]

  • Hagedorn opposed the Affordable Care Act and pledged to repeal it in favor of “free-market solutions”. He described the Affordable Care Act as a "cancer", and an "unmitigated disaster". [1] Hagedorn later expressed disappointment in Republicans being unable to repeal the Affordable Care Act. [2]

  • Hagedorn said, “Obamacare Is Horse$h!t. Don’t Quote Me On That, But I Agree!” [1]

  • Since around 2017, Hagedorn and his wife, Jennifer Carnahan (former MN GOP Chair), have been close friends with Anton "Tony" Lazzaro, a long-time Minnesota donor and activist who founded the conservative PAC "Big Tent Republicans" and was indicted by the FBI in 2021 for at least 10 charges of child sex-trafficking. [1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]

  • Lazzaro was a major donor and supporter for years to the Minnesota GOP, but particularly Jim Hagedorn and Jennifer Carnahan. Despite Carnahan calling Lazzaro just a "political friend", they have many pictures together, Lazzaro wrote an article in 2018 on AlphaNews defending Carnahan's work as the Minnesota GOP Chair [1], and from 2019-2020, Lazzaro and Jennifer Carnahan even co-hosted a podcast together named "#TruthMatters". [2][3] According to Barb Sutter, an RNC Committeewoman and Republican Party Executive Board member, their friendship spanned years, with Lazzaro becoming more deeply involved in state party politics after backing Carnahan's bid to become party chair in 2017: "They were frequently together. When there was a money shortage, she could always count on him... She considered him a close friend." [4] One analysis from local TV station Fox 9 estimates that Lazzaro has given $273,000 to Minnesota GOP candidates and causes. He spent so much, so regularly, that several Minnesota GOP staffers said they called him "sugar daddy" and referred to him as the party's "cash cow" behind his back. All they knew about his finances was that he talked often about Bitcoin. [5]

  • In December 2020, Hagedorn was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives to sign an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden defeated Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of an election held by another state. [1][2][3] On January 7, 2021, Hagedorn objected to the certification of the 2020 presidential election results in Congress based on false claims of voter fraud. [4]

  • Hagedorn voiced false allegations about Barack Obama's birthplace (i.e. the "birther" conspiracy). [1]

  • Hagedorn “strongly” supported H.R. 36, a bill that would ban late-term abortions and make them a federal crime. [1][2]

  • Hagedorn supported arming teachers and other faculty with guns: "I’ve always advocated that the school district should have the option of training and arming people." [1] In 2016, Hagedorn also said, "If you vote for Hillary Clinton, you lose your second amendment rights and I will guarantee you that will happen." [2]

  • Hagedorn supported former President Trump's 2017 "Tax Cuts And Jobs Act", [1] which primarily helped the wealthiest 10%. [2][3] Hagedorn also "vigorously supported" getting rid of the estate tax, a constant top priority of the wealthy. [4]

  • Hagedorn advocated for re-imposing work requirements for welfare, calling it an 'excellent' way to promote self-sufficiency. [1]

  • In 2020, LegiStorm released an analysis of Hagedorn's office spending, finding that the office had spent more than one fifth of its $1.4 million annual office budget on publicly funded constituent mail. Around 40% of his office's annual budget was spent in the first quarter of 2020, surpassing any other member of Congress during the same time period. [1] Some expenses for Hagedorn's mailings went to a firm partially owned by a part-time Hagedorn staffer. [2] Hagedorn initiated an internal review of his office's spending and reported the findings to the House Ethics Committee, which declined to pursue the matter. As a result of the internal review, Hagedorn dismissed his chief of staff and said, "I acknowledge responsibility for the oversight of my office and will continue to make any necessary management improvements." [3]

  • In October 2020, Politico alleged that Hagedorn "appears to have enjoyed rent-free use of a campaign office supplied by a political donor." [1] Hagedorn denied the report, saying his campaign had leased a post office box and not office space in the building in question. [2]

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