In his recent town hall meeting, Rep. Jim Hagedorn defended his vote against certifying election results in Pennsylvania and Arizona "on constitutional grounds" because "States across the country made changes to our elections without the consultation and consent of the state legislature."

This is a disingenuous justification at best. Many states which the former president won did the same, some without legislative action. I know of no evidence that Rep. Hagedorn wanted to add those to the states whose votes where he rejected.

Arizona and Georgia are both states with Republican-led state legislatures and Republican governors, states which could have been counted on to change their electoral college votes from the person who won those states to the candidate Rep. Hagedorn favored, who lost.

Moreover, Rep. Hagedorn's actions since Jan. 6 provide additional reason to believe his vote is allied with the intent, if not the means, of those who stormed the Capitol just before his vote. He has called for a "forensic audit" of the 2020 election despite repeated court findings, many with Republican-appointed judges, that there was no meaningful amount of fraud, and voted against a bipartisan commission to investigate the assault on the capital with the avowed goal of overturning a free and fair election.

Voters have every reason to conclude that Rep. Hagedorn's actions were not due to concerns about constitutional process but rather were in service of "the big lie" that serves the interest of our former president, not our country and its constitution.

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John McGuire, Rochester