Last night in Apologyghazi: Jim Hagedorn issues non-apology apology about his blog, points finger at Franken, we wrote about the MN01 Republican candidate's critique of his writing skills.
Today, the Republican Party of Minnesota followed Mr. Conservative's lead, pursuing a strategy that spins a soundless twelve-second video of visual traffic cone boobies gag by Franken into the moral equivalent of Hagedorn's multiple racist, sexist and homophobic scribblings on his now defunct blog.
Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Scheck reports on the Grand Old Party's press conference in Amid their own apologies, GOP leaders ask for one from Franken:
The news conference comes less than 24 hours after the Republican candidate for Congress in Minnesota’s First Congressional District apologized for past blog posts that he said were “less than artfully constructed or included language that could lead to hurt feelings.”
Downey started the news conference by criticizing DFL Party Chair Ken Martin’s criticism of the old blog posts by Jim Hagedorn, the Republican nominee to challenge DFL Rep. Tim Walz. Hagedorn’s comments were initially reported in 2009 by liberal blogger Sally Jo Sorensen, but resurfaced last week when Mother Jones published an article reminding voters that Hagedorn wrote that two U.S. Senators were “undeserving bimbos in tennis shoes” and about “John Wayne’s wisdom of the only good Indian being a dead Indian.”
A funny thing has happened to comments attacking Congressman Walz that were left on the Facebook "apology." We'd captured the moment earlier in the screenshot above when a Hagedorn supporter started up on Walz's 1995 traffic stop in Nebraska.
As the screenshot below reveals, the exchange has since been deleted:
The Lenz comment citing Ephesians on forgiveness remains, but the link posted goes to a 2008 Red State post based on work by Michael Brodkorb's former blog, Minnesota Democrats Exposed. Minnesota Democrats Exposed had also used the traffic stop record in September 2006, as Eric Pusey noted in a post here on Daily Kos.
Far from being something Southern Minnesotans don't know about, the traffic stop was used by the Republican attack machine in 2006 and 2008 (NRCC press release here). Walz has never had another incident of the kind since 1995, before he move to Minnesota, his spouse Gwen's home state, to teach in Mankato/
It's good that the Hagedorn campaign finally deleted the material--though the Facebook page apology was widely viewed.
We'll have more on ApologyGhazi as news breaks.
Screenshots:from Hagedorn's Facebook page, before and after scrubbing.
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