Jim Hagedorn latest Republican to jump in race to challenge Walz.

Republican Jim Hagedorn is the latest Republican candidate to jump in the race in Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District. Hagedorn, son of former GOP Congressman Tom Hagedorn. Here’s part of the release from Jim Hagedorn.

“The greatness of America is under assault by the liberal politicians who run Washington, D.C.,” said Hagedorn. “The big government agenda of President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Tim Walz is in direct conflict with our free enterprise system and the enduring principles of liberty, individual opportunity, personal responsibility and traditional cultural values.”

“Washington, D.C. is out of control,” Hagedorn continued. “Our leaders are spending borrowed money faster than it can be printed, taxing and regulating producers into submission, plotting the takeover of whole sectors of our economy and driving us toward European socialism.” “Tim Walz claims to be a thoughtful moderate, but his complete embrace of the Obama-Pelosi agenda has exposed Tim Walz as a thoughtless liberal,” said Hagedorn.

“I left Capitol Hill and returned to help the people I love the most because this country is worth defending, our way of life is worth saving and the people of Southern Minnesota are worth fighting for,” Hagedorn stated.

A native of Blue Earth, Jim worked with his dad and grandfather on the family’s grain and hog farm located just outside Truman. In 1974, Jim’s father, Tom, was elected to Congress to represent Southern Minnesota, which he served until 1983. “Living on the farm and being part of our rural communities ingrained in me the small town values that have sustained me throughout life,” Hagedorn said.

Hagedorn’s announcement comes one day after state Rep. Randy Demmer entered the race. Former State Sen. Allen Quist is also running.

Side note: I’m expecting Hagedorn to call me. I’ll post the interview here when he does. Here’s an interview with Hagedorn:

Update: DFL Party Chair Brian Melendez released this statement on Hagedorn:

“Typical of the ‘Party of No,’ Jim Hagedorn is jumping into the First District race by launching baseless partisan attacks at Representative Walz — because Hagedorn himself has no substance to run on.

“Jim Hagedorn is a 25-year Capitol Hill operative turned lobbyist, now trying to use his connections to buy himself a seat in Congress. He is yet another Republican hoping to cozy up to right-wing tea-baggers to further his own ambitions. The Tea Party Republicans are constantly attacking government of any form, so it will be interesting to see how they receive Jim Hagedorn, who has been a federal-government insider for nearly all his adult life.

“Throughout his tenure, Representative Walz has fought for southern Minnesotans in Congress and has consistently delivered — working to create jobs and help families deal with the skyrocketing costs of health care. The hard work that Representative Walz puts in for Minnesota’s families every day, and the results that he has delivered, show how an effective representative operates.”

  • stephen DeSimone

    Mr. Hagedorn is a true American patriot. The state of Minnesota and this country desperately need an individual like this to help lead us from falling into the disasterous abyss created by the Obama Administration and the Pelosi-Reid Congress.

    I encourage everyone to support Mr. Hagedorn any way possible to send him to Congress to help in the fight to take this country back from the people who are currently destroying it.

    Are you listening Mr. Obama, Mr. Reid, Mrs. Pelosi?

    I didn’t think so…see you in 2010!

  • marylou fox

    Jim Hagedorn is a true American patriot. His home state of Minnesota and this country desperately need an individual like this to help lead us from falling into the disasterous abyss created by the Obama Administration and the Pelosi-Reid Congress. Amen

    Let us all lend our support to Mr. Hagedorn any way possible to send him to Congress to help in the fight to take this country back from the people who are currently destroying it.

    This is the just the tip of the ice berg – we hope there will be others who will follow Mr. Hagedorn’s agenda.

    Way to go!

    mlfox

  • jennablon1

    After reading a little background info on Rep Walz, I would have to question his ability to adequately represent Southern Minnesota. If you read his info on thatsmycongress.com it seems that he doesn’t rank well anywhere in the books – with a progressive rating of 35/100 and a conservative rating of 6/100. Really? The best he could do was 35%? This qualifies as having leadership qualities and the backbone to make decisions and support legislation that protects the rights and values of American Citizens?

    I’d also be curious as to how Brian Melendez sees 25 years in Washington as a detracting factor – after all, if one really wants to change this country for the better, shouldn’t they have an in-depth knowledge and personal experience with the system inside and out? I don’t think you can do that from a classroom overseas.

    While Rep Walz’s contribution and service in the US military is commendable, I don’t know that it automatically equals experience and the ability to represent the constituents he serves. Mr. Hagedorn, being a native of the state and then having grown up in the DC metro area watching his father serve, seems to have an honest and realistic vision of the state of his community and this country as well as a personal desire to make sure his constituents and the well-being of our country are his first priority.

    Perhaps if the liberals in office spent more time focusing on the health, rights and well-being of our own citizens (our own country) and a little less time worrying about offending various groups or every other country on the planet, they might get around to enacting legislation and supporting laws that our founding fathers intended us to live by. Defend our constitutional rights – those truths that are supposed to be self-evident and what made the United States a great country – and then maybe the country just might start making a turn for the better.

    It’s time to stop governing as if it’s a popularity contest or a reality show and start listening to the citizens who are demanding accountability, responsibility and action to make our own nation a number one priority. Our elected officials could spend a little less time working on polishing and shining their images and fake smiles and more time listening to the people who put them in office.

    Washington has become a 3-ring circus with a Dr. Phil feel-good approach dictating how the country is operating. We’re not here to be the most popular among the nations – we’re not here to fix everyone else’s problems. Put the focus back on our own backyard and clean up this mess before going out and doling out our money and resources to every other country. Put that money into benefits for our military and their families. Use it to offset healthcare costs. Pay off the skyrocketing national debt. How is it that we can send troops, medicine and resources to dozens of nations but yet we’re struggling to provide enough flu vaccine to our own citizens? Does no one else see something wrong with this picture?

    Stop apologizing for the beliefs and values of our citizens to other countries and those who immigrate here. We welcome all nations’ people, but understand that we stand proud as Americans. I will not apologize for asking God to bless my country. I will not hide or take down my flag for fear of offending someone – I pledge my allegiance to it as I did every day as a child in the Public School System – that’s where I learned respect and value for this nation. I put up a Christmas tree – not a holiday evergreen or seasonal display. And I am proud to do so. I respect my neighbor’s religion, race, creed and freedom – I only ask that they respect mine in return.

    Maybe I’m off-base here, but it seems that the changes that have been made by our government have been doing little to improve the morale, economic standing or quality of life for the citizens these officials are supposed to serve. We are proud Americans and we expect our leaders to defend the constitution and work to thwart those who seek to take away those liberties our forefathers fought for. I believe the founding fathers would be appalled to see what a disgrace we have made of the work they so diligently crafted. If you’re okay with that – if as an American you are willing to apologize for your American history, willing to hand over the money you work for so that other countries can use it and spit on our flag in the process – if you’re okay with seeing your rights and freedoms washed away by the people we elected to serve our country, then by all means, continue as you are. You’ve gotten what you wanted. If you are not okay with that, then do something to make a change. Take a stand, let your voice be heard and send a message to those in government that we will not accept anything less than complete dedication, devotion and allegiance to these United States. In case you’ve forgotten, the words are below…think about it…

    “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

  • Jamie

    Looks like the Republican Party or all of Hagedorn’s supporters got together and said “let’s be sure to post on any blog that mentions Hagedorn.” Right-wing wacko-ism.

  • Jamie

    “Jim Hagedorn is a 25-year Capitol Hill operative turned lobbyist, now trying to use his connections to buy himself a seat in Congress. He is yet another Republican hoping to cozy up to right-wing tea-baggers to further his own ambitions. The Tea Party Republicans are constantly attacking government of any form, so it will be interesting to see how they receive Jim Hagedorn, who has been a federal-government insider for nearly all his adult life.”

    ~ Brian Melendez, DFL Party Chair

    In case you didn’t see this elsewhere.

  • Noel Collis M.D.

    If one starts to wonder how honest political debate has been usurped by hate filled venom, it is not necessary to look any farther than DFL chair Brian Melendez rather absurd comments about Jim Hagedorn. Hagedorn recognizes that Washington based control of American life is a danger to the very freedoms that have made America great. The federal government needs to be smaller and more efficient- the states and localities need to be empowered once again (the Holocaust, for example,would not have taken place if smaller (central) l government conservatives had been successful. Rather than engage in honest debate, Melendez attacks Hagedorn with sexual innuendos and suggests that all conservatives mindlessly hate all government. Melendez also conveniently omits that Hagedorn has a private sector job with a medical device company which is prolonging the length and quality of children’s lives who are suffering from cystic fibrosis. Hagedorn is exactly what America needs. The baseless and pathetic attack on this fine American demonstrate the moral bankruptcy of the DFL- always attempting to attack and defame those who have the courage and conviction to question their attempt to impose Washington based control of life on all of us.