“As Jennifer Carnahan, the former head of the Minnesota Republican Party weighs her options for her future, her husband, Congressman Jim Hagedorn, a Republican representing Minnesota’s first Congressional District took to Facebook on Thursday, Sept. 16, to voice a full-throated defense of his wife,” reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press-Dispatch. Hagedorn claims his wife was a victim of ‘cancel culture…a radical left tactic, engineered by a small clique devoted to her undoing…The antagonists offered no proof or factual evidence to back up their claims,’ Hagedorn said. ‘Then, working as a mob, they brutally forced Jennifer out without one minute of due process,’ Hagedorn wrote.”
“Carnahan resigned Aug. 19 after her friend, GOP donor and activist Anton “Tony” Lazzaro, was indicted on federal sex trafficking charges. The news of his arrest triggered a wave of sexual harassment claims within the party and accusations that Carnahan presided over a toxic workplace environment. In a recent interview, Carnahan said that she is mulling running for her old job or for public office. She also said she has engaged a public relations firm in a bid to repair her image and has taken down her social media accounts to maintain her emotional health.”
“The husband-and-wife team make one of the more unique, complex political partnerships in Minnesota state politics. Carnahan has been a key adviser in Hagedorn’s political career. He singled out her contributions when he won a second term as the representative of the 1st District. Their political fortunes are often entwined. When news broke of Lazzaro’s indictment, photos on social media showed Hagedorn, Carnahan and Lazzaro together.”
“At times sounding like an aggrieved husband, Hagedorn said no Republican officeholder should ‘ever be treated the way Jennifer was treated.'” Apparently Hagedorn forgot how Republicans insisted that the entire Democratic leadership should have resigned because of Anthony Weiner engaging in behavior that, while unseemly, wasn’t anywhere near as revolting as the allegations currently swirling around Florida Teen-Drug Orgy promoter Matt Gaetz.