Congressional candidate Hagedorn referred to female politicians as ‘undeserving bimbos’

This might be a problem: In Mother Jones, Tim Murphy reveals some old writings by Jim Hagedorn, the Republican challenger to Rep. Tim Walz in Minnesota’s first congressional district, thanks to the now-defunct Minnesota Independent. “Hagedorn, the son of retired congressman Tom Hagedorn, was a surprise victor in last Tuesday’s GOP primary. But he brings some serious baggage to his race …. In posts from his old blog, Mr. Conservative, unearthed by the now-defunct Minnesota Independent, Hagedorn made light of American Indians, President Obama’s Kenyan ancestry, and female Supreme Court justices …. Hagedorn referred to Washington Democratic Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray as ‘undeserving bimbos in tennis shoes.’ Former Bush White House counsel Harriet Miers, had been nominated ‘to fill the bra of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.’”

In in Day One of Politicians-on-a-Stick coverage:  Aaron Rupar at City Pages says, “The MNGOP is experiencing a severe case of buyer’s remorse when it comes to their controversial state Supreme Court candidate, Michelle MacDonald. Michael Brodkorb reports MacDonald was informed yesterday by party chair Keith Downey that she’s not welcome at the MNGOP’s State Fair booth. The decision stemmed from a vote of the Republican Party of Minnesota’s State Executive Committee. But here’s the kicker — MacDonald showed up this morning anyway, and private security was there to promptly kick her [behind] off the premises.” She’s vowing to be back at the booth Friday.

Abby Simons of the Strib says, “This week, the party’s executive committee revised its State Fair Policy to restrict access to candidates with pending criminal cases, and moved to bar MacDonald from the booth. MacDonald, who said she was notified Wednesday of the resolution, showed up anyway. After a GOP staffer briefly pleaded with her to leave, a pair of plain-clothed ‘conflict resolution experts’ intervened.” Back in the day at Moby Dick’s we used to call them “bouncers.”

John Croman of KARE-TV writes, “[Jeff] Johnson has challenged [Governor Mark] Dayton to two debates at the fair, as part of a package of 13 gubernatorial debates. … Dayton said he’d agree to doing six debates total, but all after the State Fair ends. He pointed out that the last incumbent to run, Republican Tim Pawlenty in 2006, did not agree to a State Fair debate. ‘Governor Pawlenty didn’t debate Mike Hatch in 2006 at the Fair, so this is a contrived issue,’ Dayton said, when pressed by reporters.”

For the Strib, Patrick Condon reports, “The six debates the Dayton campaign agreed to are: Oct. 1 in Rochester, the week of Oct. 6 in Moorhead, Oct. 14 in Duluth, the week of Oct. 20 in Minneapolis or St. Paul, Oct. 31 in St. Paul and Nov. 2 in St. Paul.  Johnson said if six debates are all that Dayton agrees to, then he’ll be there as well.  Johnson said he’d be at the Fair on at least 10 of its 12 days, sometimes for multiple visits. Dayton, too said he’d make multiple visits to the Fair. He has plans to be back Friday for several Fair events.”

Megan Matthews of KSTP-TV writes, “In a video posted by [GOP Senate candidate Mike] McFadden’s campaign on YouTube Thursday, McFadden is seen challenging Franken to six debates. Franken responds by saying their campaign people are still meeting. Senator Franken’s campaign announced Thursday that Franken is set to participate in four debates at this point. That is the same number of debates that candidates participated in during the 2012 U.S. Senate election in Minnesota, according to Franken’s campaign.”

Saturday is D for “deal” day. Meaning that’s when the Kevin Love mystery will be resolved. The latest? Gerald Bourguet at HoopsHabit says, “According to Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press, the Minnesota Timberwolves will likely acquire Thaddeus Young in their blockbuster deal with the Philadelphia 76ers and Cleveland Cavaliers when the deal can be made on Saturday. The Sixers will receive Alexey Shved, Luc Mbah a Moute and a 2015 first round pick from the Miami Heat that the Cavs acquired from the LeBron James sign-and-trade.” Philadelphia fans are not happy about this.

Here is a key fair survival guide:  For the Strib, Michael Reitmulder says, “The best part about the fair is walking around with a beer, gawking at the other 100,000-plus weirdos stuffing their faces (well, that and the Giant Slide). It’s only fitting that that beer be as eccentric as the corn-dog pizza you’re eating. Alas, Minnesota breweries are still catching up to their batter-dipping counterparts. But we’ve compiled a mini-guide to beer at the fair based on three categories: weird beers, specialties and blue-ribbon brews. Most are subject to availability … .”

A fraudster goes to jail.  The Strib’s Rochelle Olson writes, “Using what he learned as a personal and business confidante to West Publishing executive Gerard Cafesjian, John Joseph Waters Jr. embezzled $4 million from his boss to finance a double life. Then, as investigators homed in on his scheme, he filed a mean-spirited lawsuit against his former boss, who died last year. Despite Waters’ continued claims of innocence, U.S. District Court Judge Ann Montgomery on Friday sentenced him to nine years in prison for those crimes. …  Waters walked out of the room holding hands with his wife, Cheri Kuhn, the former exotic dancer he housed and supported with several thousand dollars a month through his fraud.”

There’s a simple remedy here. Joe Carlson of the Strib covered a contentious Medtronic shareholders meeting. “Medtronic Inc. chief executive Omar Ishrak got an earful from stockholders who got their first chance Thursday to directly question the company’s planned purchase of an Irish company. … For Medtronic’s shareholders, there’s another issue to the deal: Its structure creates a surprise taxable event for them — one that could cost thousands of dollars depending on how many shares they own. … Others were upset that Medtronic is planning to cover an estimated $65 million in special excise taxes that apply to board members and officers of the company.”

Comments (12)

  1. Submitted by E Gamauf on 08/22/2014 - 06:40 am.

    A Rick Perry “Come-to-Texas” Moment?

    Are we echoing Texas politics in this?

    The vindictive nature of the GOP in banning their supreme court candidate from the “Great Minnesota Get-Together” is remarkable.

    While DUIs are nothing to laugh at, there is a Mob mentality in banning their candidate from meeting the public!

    A DUI does not guarantee an on-going alcohol problem. To prevent a judicial candidate from speaking – well, do I need to finish the sentence? Convicted on circumstantial evidence.

    One has to wonder about other congressional Republicans who have had multiple alcohol-related driving infractions & have not been ousted.

  2. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 08/22/2014 - 07:57 am.

    Once again

    “… Medtronic is planning to cover an estimated $65 million in special excise taxes that apply to board members and officers of the company.”

    Them that has, gets. Them that don’t, don’t.

    • Submitted by Harris Goldstein on 08/22/2014 - 09:52 am.

      You missed the point, Ray.

      Not long ago a Medtronic PR flack explained that the execs were insulated from the impact so they could make an impartial decision on what’s best for the company – without factoring in their own benefit. I can understand that; it’s tough trying to get by on Ishrak’s $12 million in total comp for 2013. You don’t want him influenced by the stress of putting food on the table for his family. Loyalty (and fiduciary responsibility) has its limits.

  3. Submitted by Bill Schletzer on 08/22/2014 - 09:22 am.

    Please Please Please…

    Let Michele MacDonald be there on Saturday. I will hit the GOP booth at 9 AM hoping to see the free show. I totally support her right to make a complete fool of herself and all the people who endorsed her candidacy. If she gets arrested again, look for me in the video, the old bald guy laughing his head off.

  4. Submitted by richard owens on 08/22/2014 - 09:34 am.

    Medtronic’s move will cost early investors some taxes! OMG!!!

    But even those who don’t own shares will be paying for things they enjoy.

    Medtronic will continue to enjoy our country’s education, transportation, legal, and healthcare systems.

    They just won’t have to pay as much for the luxury.

    I find it less than patriotic that a company that uses our patent protections, our human and financial capital, will stick us with their share of the costs of maintaining those systems.

    Hats off to the shareholders who complained, even if they did so only out of their own self interest.

    America is under appreciated by Medtronic. Perhaps under appreciated by many other soulless Corporations.

  5. Submitted by James Hamilton on 08/22/2014 - 10:31 am.

    No incumbent wants

    any more debates than he or she must participate in. It only gives the opposition more exposure and at no cost.

  6. Submitted by James Hamilton on 08/22/2014 - 10:33 am.

    I smell litigation in the offing.

    “For Medtronic’s shareholders, there’s another issue to the deal: Its structure creates a surprise taxable event for them — one that could cost thousands of dollars depending on how many shares they own. … Others were upset that Medtronic is planning to cover an estimated $65 million in special excise taxes that apply to board members and officers of the company.”

  7. Submitted by Sally Sorensen on 08/22/2014 - 10:59 am.

    Mother Jones article updated

    Tim Murphy has updated his story on Hagedorn to reflect that Bluestem Prairie first posted about Hagedorn’s Mr. Conservative blog.

  8. Submitted by jody rooney on 08/22/2014 - 11:16 am.

    Wow a misogynist

    and homophobic running in the second district. Really how low can the Republican voters sink. Must be the name.

    Scary to see how time has passed him by. Just one more inadequate angry white guy.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 08/22/2014 - 01:16 pm.

      Do you think it matters to them?

      You can hear the stock responses:

      “He was just joking! Lighten up!”

      “You’re taking him out of context!”

      “What about what some Democrat said that one time? Why aren’t you all over that?”

      They have their bases covered. A little thing like this won’t even slow them down.

  9. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 08/22/2014 - 11:23 am.

    I question the selection process

    Hmmm.

    A 1st District Congressional candidate whose misogyny is right out there for everyone to see. A Supreme Court candidate busted for DUI – and then convicted in absentia by pure-as-the-driven-snow party leaders so they can exclude her from GOP home territory at the state fair. An inherited-millions candidate in the 8th District touting the value of hard work for everyone else, and in the neighborhood crazy lady’s 6th District, Tom Emmer, he of the $100,000 waiter’s income from the last gubernatorial race, wants to take Mrs. Bachmann’s place.

    None of this inspires confidence in either the Minnesota GOP or its candidates.

    • Submitted by Edward Blaise on 08/22/2014 - 12:30 pm.

      Agreed

      You really can’t make it up. And add in a gubernatorial candidate who says given the chance he will turn MN into WI: higher unemployment, lower educational results, a worse economy and constant TPAW like budget imbalances. And he tells us these things about needed fiscal austerity as he refuses to abandon his $100,000 a year job as a Hennepin County Commissioner: cheerfully taking a paycheck from the tax payers for doing no work as he seeks a higher paying job from the tax payers. Maybe Stewart Mills has a job for him where he can earn 6 figures in the private sector for essentially no work as her runs for office?

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