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A Minnesota candidate for the House of Representatives got a taste of politics on the stormy first day of her candidacy, as Democrats wasted no time unloading on her and her late husband.
Jennifer Carnahan, who is the widow of Representative Jim Hagedorn (R-MN), drew flak as soon as the breath left her mouth announcing her candidacy for her late husband’s now-vacant seat in Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District. The opposition, the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (MN DFL), sought to draw attention to a scandal involving a former donor of her husband and human trafficking, and workplace claims against Carnahan herself.
“It was not long ago that Jennifer Carnahan had to resign in disgrace as Chairwoman of the Minnesota Republican Party after her complete and total mismanagement of the organization became public,” said DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin in a statement.
“First, a political ally and close friend of Carnahan’s was indicted for child sex trafficking. Then, four of Carnahan’s former executive directors accused her of fostering a toxic work environment, other staffers accused Carnahan of turning a blind eye to sexual harassment, and yet another staffer said she was outed against her wishes by Carnahan and subsequently harassed. Jennifer Carnahan’s leadership ability has been entirely discredited by those who worked most closely with her,” the statement continued.
Martin left no room for doubt in his assessment of her:
“It is clear that Carnahan has no business serving in any elected office whatsoever.”
Carnahan fired back, saying the attacks showed a “double standard” and released a statement to Fox News Digital:
“The MN DFL is clearly concerned about my candidacy, given my strong support in southern Minnesota. My husband made history in 2018 when he flipped a US House seat from blue to red; and under my tenure we grew our party, retired $1 million in debt, flipped three US House seats from blue to red and turned Minnesota into a national battleground state for the 2020 Presidential election. I’m proud of the great successes we had in Minnesota during my chairmanship.”
Carnahan also asserted that she was being targeted by the Democrats for disrupting their narrative of the GOP as exclusively the party of white males, and flashed her status as an Asian woman who still supports former President Donald Trump.
“As an adopted Korean, minority woman with a strong conservative record, I undermine the identity politics Democrats have come to rely upon. Everything they say women and minorities are disadvantaged in doing, I have done. Through my experiences, and truly because of them, I remain an ardent conservative and proud supporter of President Donald J. Trump,” she said.
The aspiring representative was also defiant towards what she considered attempts to “cancel” her, asserting that she will not be bullied or silenced.
“The left has tried to cancel me before, but I will never be canceled. I will not be intimidated by them, or any in the Republican establishment guilty of the same. I will never accept the double-standards or guilt-by-association they are so desperately attempting to attack me with. Voters can already see through their desperate attempts, but I will never stop fighting to preserve my husband’s legacy,” Carnahan vowed.
At the time of writing, there are not less than seven Republicans all contesting each other for the seat, three of whom have held office as state representatives within Minnesota’s legislature. For their part, the MN-DFL primary currently has five candidates in the ring, one of whom was a White House lawyer for former President George W. Bush, and also includes the former CEO of Hormel Foods, Jeffrey Ettinger.
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