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Comparing Republican governor endorsement with congressional race is flawed

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Comparing the gubernatorial endorsement and subsequent primary to the First Congressional District race has a basic flaw — one of the candidates for governor had announced before the endorsement convention he would be going to a primary regardless of who was endorsed. In the district race, Hagedorn stepped aside and gave his support to Miller at the convention. It was only later that he went back on his word, which brings me to the second inference in this editorial.

Saying First District Republicans should set aside personality conflicts in no way addresses what I was trying to get across in my first email. My father who died in June raised his 10 children with the philosophy that "A man is only as good as his word." Hagedorn gave his word at the endorsing convention and went back on it. Even more telling about ideas and philosophy, which is what the editorial I refer to is asking us to focus on, are remarks made by Hagedorn regarding Native Americans and women. None of these concerns speaks of personality conflicts but rather of character, values and ultimately, of governing philosophy, if you will.

The future of the First Congressional District is too important to entrust to someone we cannot trust to keep his word and who makes bigoted remarks about certain segments of our population.

Doug Baker

Fillmore County chairman

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Lanesboro

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