Rochester, Minn. — As the former head of Minnesota’s Republican Party, Jennifer Carnahan, weighs her options for her future, her husband, Congressman Jim Hagedorn, voiced his wife’s full defense on Facebook Thursday, Sept. .
Hegdorn said that his wife fell victim to “culture cancellation”, a radical Left tactic that was engineered by a small faction dedicated to her undoing. The result was “unnecessary chaos within the party”.
“As soon as the dust starts to settle,” he said, his wife would be justified and shown that the allegations against her were baseless.
“The opponents offered no evidence or factual evidence to support their claims,” Hegdorn, a Republican representing Minnesota’s First Congressional District, said in the Post. “Instead, they have left the public square littered with innocuous, anonymous stories, absurd guilt by the Sangh, and other nonsense.
“Then, working as a mobster, they ruthlessly kicked Jennifer out without a minute’s due process,” Hegdorn wrote.
Carnahan resigned on August 19 after his friend, GOP donor and activist Anton “Tony” Lazzaro, was indicted on federal sex trafficking charges. News of his arrest triggered a wave of sexual harassment claims within the party and allegations that Carnahan presided over a toxic workplace environment.
In a recent interview, Carnahan said she is considering running for her old job or public office. She also said that she has approached a public relations firm to improve her image and deleted her social media accounts to maintain her emotional health.
The husband-and-wife team forms one of the more unique, complex political partnerships in Minnesota state politics. Carnahan has been a key advisor in Hagedorn’s political career. When he won a second term as a representative of the first district, he noted his contribution. Their political fortunes are often intertwined. When news of Lazzaro’s indictment broke, photos on social media showed Hagedorn, Carnahan, and Lazzaro together.
At times seeming like a victimized husband, Hegdorn said that no Republican officeholder “should ever have been treated the way Jennifer was treated.”
Hegdorn said that Carnahan did “excellent work” and “achieved a lot” with the help of other Republicans during his 4 1/2 years as GOP president. Hagedorn cited paying off the party’s debts, building the party’s grassroots organization and winning back three congressional seats from Democrats—including 1st, 7th and 8th—and putting the Minnesota Senate in the hands of the GOP. helped keep.
Hegdorn said his wife was abused by a “small but outspoken faction” in the party, but rank-and-file Republicans “are not happy with the way things went down.”
“Republicans must stand for due process, follow the facts and give people a fair chance,” Hegdorn said. “We must reject the social cancer of WOKE political correctness, cancel-culture and judgment perpetuated by cyber mobsters.”