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Tom Hackbarth: Adulterer, Girlfriend Stalker, Clinic Attack Plotter?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 25, 2010

It’s really, really hard to look at the recent exploits of Tom Hackbarth, the Republican state representative for District 48A (Cedar), and find an explanation that is anything other than creepy, if not downright sinister.

It seems that back on November 16, the anti-choice Hackbarth, who was openly carrying and displaying a loaded pistol on his waist, parked his truck next to the Planned Parenthood clinic on Ford Parkway in Highland Park. Since the clinic is under constant video and other surveillance in order to thwart attempts by anti-choicers to commit violence against it or the people who enter it, he was spotted immediately and police were on the scene to talk to him.

At that point, things got very interesting very quickly.

Hackbarth got very agitated when he was questioned at the scene, to the point where the cops thought it advisable to handcuff him and take away his gun — which, since he has a permit for concealed carry, was later returned to him. The cops described his behavior as like that of a stalker.

What was the eight-term legislator doing with a gun hanging around a Planned Parenthood clinic? Hackbarth, who says he is in the midst of a divorce, said he was looking for a woman he met online, someone he thought was cheating on him:

“She gave me some line of baloney, and I thought, ‘well, she’s fibbing to me.’ You could tell, and I thought, ‘well, I’m going to check it out.’ and I went there to see if she was around and her vehicle was not there.”

Interestingly enough, Hackbarth was unable to provide a phone number, street address, e-mail address, or even a last name for his internet girlfriend, whom he would only identify as “Linda”.

The incident has cost Hackbarth his position within the Republican leadership in the House, at least for now. We’ll see what happens next.

2 Responses to “Tom Hackbarth: Adulterer, Girlfriend Stalker, Clinic Attack Plotter?”

  1. Charles II said

    That’s our family value Republicans.

    Soprano Family values, that is.

  2. eric z. said

    Hackbarth’s legislative record is as a clear choice hater. Project VoteSmart indicates he has the same “Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life” 100 rating as Mary Kiffmeyer, and a zero from NARAL. Consistently so, over the years.

    An A+, from NRA, if that’s anyone’s surprise.

    Consider this. Stalking looking for an auto he was familiar with and could recognize. Cannot identify any individual to give any police corroboration of prior recent contact as Hackbarth claims – a “Linda” he cannot substantiate.

    Why not pick the name, “Jane Doe?”

    Suppose estranged wife Mary Hackbarth had been recently in that part of Highland Park, or was suspected by estranged spouse Tom of being there — with some other man.

    He’d surely recognize the auto.

    Pieces fall into place in a far scarier scenario that way, if you think of why some quick off-the-cuff “cover” story of that unsubstantiable kind might have been invented to give police.

    The alternative, planning deliberate harm to a choice centered facility and casing a dark alleyway access route, from a rampant choice-hating animus in the portfolio. But for that, he’d park blocks away and case the thing on foot, wouldn’t you expect that?

    Bad News.

    However the truth of things sit.

    Bad news however you slice it.

    Whatever way it really is, the man needs counseling. And pending successful counseling, all firearms from his home should be impounded by the Anoka County Sheriff. Not to be returned unless and until he completes a sensible counseling program and is certified by independent professional counselors as having shown behavioral modification making him less of a public threat.

    Impounding his weapons would be a public safety plus, and an incentive to the man to sincerely take counseling in order to get the stuff back.

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