MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Rep. Tom Hackbarth is under fire again.

This time it’s for an email he sent comparing union politics to the tactics of Fidel Castro and Adolf Hitler.

Last November, surveillance video showed Hackbarth in the St. Paul Planned Parenthood parking lot carrying a loaded gun. He was never charged with a crime.

Now, some are demanding the Republican apologize for what he sent to one of his constituents.

Richard Kolodziejski is the legal affairs director for the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees and he says the woman who sent the email, a constituent of Hackbarth’s, was afraid to come forward about what he wrote her.

In the email, the woman asked Hackbarth to support Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget plan that would raise income taxes on Minnesota’s top earners.

When she got a return email from the lawmaker, she took it to the union that represents her.

Hackbarth wrote: “Are you a union member? If so, are they the communist giving you this propaganda?Do you know the who, what, when, where, why and how of Fidel Castro? Hitler rose to power using and blaming the Jews for the destruction of the German economy. Castro built his army of murderers by blaming the rich bankers and capitalist for destroying Cuba and taking advantage of the Cuban people. Hummm?”

“That’s about as insulting as you can be to a constituent,” Kolodziejski said.

Kolodziejski wants answers.

“We’d like an explanation. Number one, on why he thinks we are comparable to Hitler, to Fidel Castro’s army. And not only that, I think his own constituent deserves a written response as to why he couldn’t offer her a reasonable explanation as somebody who pays his salary and benefits down at the legislature,” Kolodziejski said.

We reached out to Hackbart and his aide told WCCO-TV that he was up north and unreachable by telephone.

We also requested comment from the speaker and the Majority leader and neither responded.

Democratic leadership, however, did speak out in an email saying Hackbarth’s email was completely inappropriate and extreme.

Reg Chapman

Comments (59)
  1. Joe Hanson says:

    Good thing Robin doesn’t read the comments on this site, what with all the name calling going on here.

    1. jimmy says:

      Hitler ran on jobs jobs jobs, then disbanded the unions to protect the top 2%.

      1. Victim Du Jour says:

        Hitler disbanded Weimer republic and Bolshavicks Unions and replaced them with the “German Labour Front” (Nazi Government worker Union)

        Nazis = Government Worker Union

  2. Murph says:

    Just another GOP nut case !Scream,stomp your feet,some fine whine with a sprinkle of lies and hopefully the voters will relate to you! The party of NO ,will be No MORE in 2012!

    1. Mark from mntaxwaste.com says:

      How did that 2010 work out for the Libs?

      1. llp says:

        Well the Repugs won on the hillbilly vote

  3. Dale says:

    Hackbarth is a real screwball. Isn’t he the guy who was stalking that woman a few months ago, and was picked up for being suspicious by planned parenthood?

  4. Brian says:

    When are we going to clean house and get rid of these mindless clowns? I don’t care what side of the aisle you sit on, do your job. We’re headed for a shutdown and this lawmaker has nothing better to do than go out of his way insult HIS constituents. Nice to know we can’t voice our comments and concerns to OUR representatives without fear of being belittled because our ideas differ from theirs. Not only that, but he’s stupid enough to say that comunist propaganda was perpetuated by Hitler? If Hitler were today’s politician, he’d be so far in the red it’s not even funny. Hats off to the brain children in Cedar who elected this genius.

  5. Bryson Powers says:

    There are two kinds of republicans:Rich and stupid.

    1. GN says:

      Wrong, they understand that there is no such thing as a free lunch. Someone, somewhere has to pay. It is pretty obvious you spend a lot of time watching television rather than learning. There is one hell of a lot of very rich Dems also.
      It is a good thing your boy Mark was born to a very rich family — he probably would be on skid row if he has to survive on his own and born to a low income or middle class family.

      1. Les Johnson says:

        “they understand that there is no such thing as a free lunch. Someone, somewhere has to pay.”

        If that’s how you would describe the platform of the Republicans, then they sure have you fooled, don’t they…

  6. Angus says:

    Typical Republican. He is old and white, has money, uses namecalling as a platform for his votes, probably doesn’t know many minorities or poor people, (those people in his vocabularly), thinks this is 1950 and wishes it was 1911 when thing were all correct in his little world. Hopefully he will stay in Northern Minnesota, immigrate to Canada, and leave us alone. His hate is, unfortunately, spreading as the Republicans appeal to the worst in people.

    1. Kim says:

      …well maybe not the worst people. I know some perfectly fine people who vote for the elephant. They’re nice, just not real smart ; )

    2. Mark from mntaxwaste.com says:

      To Anal, Wow, think those words up all by yourself did ya?

      1. Tell the truth Rusty, says:

        @Mark ??? No one by the name of anal posted, and except for you no one posted anything anal in the thread.

  7. Bob says:

    I’m so sick of hearing the dems and bleeding hearts whine about wanting the rich to pay more. How about this work a little harder and quit looking for hand outs. Cut all the dumb projects like they insane lightrail which is a waste of money that no one will use.

    1. Makes Sense 2 Me says:

      C’mon Bob, kind of ignorant, don’t you think? I work 50 hrs a week, I pay my taxes, I hate labor unions, and I vot left. I agree with you that the state needs to stop wasting money on B.S. programs like welfare and useless projects like light rail. The only thing more insane than these things is cutting corners to save a few extra bucks for a millionaire. The GOP keeps saying things like “the state needs to tighten it’s belt like everyone else.” Really? I’m paying more than my share of taxes. Why cant the Richie Richs of MN do the same?

    2. Les Johnson says:

      I’m not a “dem” or a “bleeding heart” and I want the rich to pay more too.

    3. llp says:

      Sorry rider ship on both has supassed projections…do you research

  8. john says:

    Bob: Go back to school and get some lessons on grammar, spelling. Then take us “dems” to task for whining too much.

    1. tax says:

      Tax the Rich!!!!

    2. Carey says:

      You do wine to much rotflmao

  9. Dave Campbell says:

    Isn’t this the guy that was picked up for stalking his girlfriend last winter? The fun just never ends with this guy!

    1. Ted says:

      No no no. It wasn’t stalking Dave. At least I don’t think so. He was, however, arrested and detained after he was found loitering with a gun outside a Planned Parenthood. I’ve got a permit to carry, but I’ve never stood around outside of an abortion clinic with my strap. Crazy. Once again, hats off to the voters in Cedar, MN.

  10. stace34 says:

    But liberals are about inclusion, equal rights, acceptance of those whos beliefs are different from their own. So I guess your arguement looses some creditbilty with that. Oh wait, all relevent facts don’t matter do they, just the best punchline. Typical.

  11. dave says:

    you are a flipin idiot, im just saying

  12. Julie says:

    Nothing to worry about here. Our public schools don’t teach our children about people like Hilter and Castro.

    1. Mark from mntaxwaste.com says:

      Well said

  13. Hackbarth says:

    Well, I just cut and pasted somebody’s comment from here and sent it to Seifert. I guess I should have thought it out first.

    1. Somebody says:

      Wow. That’s terrifying…….yawn

    2. cornfused says:

      Why cut and paste? I guess I don’t see the rationale…

  14. Trudy says:

    Who cares!!!! I was an AFSCME member and I say hell to them. They DO NOT care about Minnesota. They only care about themselves.

  15. Victim Du Jour says:

    The German Labour Front was a Union for government workers, and a big part of the “National Socialist German Worker Party” (Nazis)

    Look up “Triumph of the Will” on YouTube if you want to see Nazis talking up their government union workers.

    1. Wrong again, Victim says:

      Actually, if you’d look a bit farther than the name, you’d see what the Nazi party acutally stood for. Their stance touted the failures of communism and economic liberalism. Communists, homosexuals, and the disabled were among those deemed “lives not worth living.”

      1. Victim Du Jour says:

        It was the communists “Red Terror” that planted the seeds of Nazism. It was the communists who started the whole concentration camp thing and political prisons, murdering millions of farmers and workers.

        Communists appoint their leaders, Nazis elected Hitler through the Union.

        1. Pete says:

          Right on Bro Let them bit ch and complain. Democrats equal the downfall of our values,

          1. Les Johnson says:

            Our values?

    2. Mike says:

      You must be hitting the bottle early tonight. Your post is not relative to anything happening here……….

      1. Victim Du Jour says:

        I am just posting a historical fact, no reason to get so defensive 🙂

        1. Max says:

          you are not posting a fact. your history is absolutely wrong. where did you get it, from a Rush Limbaugh history course?

          1. Victim Du Jour says:

            Prove me wrong then, what historical fact is not true? You know it wasn’t Nazis who started the mass murder thing don’t you?

            1. Zeke says:

              @Victim Try the Crusades and Antioch. Try not to report comments you don’t agree with

  16. Swordsman says:

    What liberal are you talking about bragging about Fidel Castro? I have never heard anyone say anything like this. Just another troll on the page huh?
    This is absolutely stupid to say in this day that anyone is anywhere close to Hitler, that should be enough said. Unfortunate you GOPers will say this about anyone and anything and the t baggers picked it up from your stupidity. Sad that you would even have the nerve to say that anyone is like a person who killed millions of innocent people. Shame on you all and grow up and read a history book. You all are just so out there. Put the tennis shoes on, drink the punch and wait for the comet. It will be here soon and you don’t want to miss it.

    1. tuna-free dolphin says:

      Several democrats over the years have praised both Chairman Mao and Fidel Castro and their system of government, most recently some democrats have gone to Cuba to see their wonderful socialized medicine and came back singing its praises. The facts about Hitler of course are incontrovertible and are all big ideas within liberalism. Of course liberals don’t like to bring up the fact that they share so much in common with the Fuhrer though it’s true. It’s just one more inconvenient truth about liberalism. Kind of like who the big party of the KKK was back in their hey day and which party ended slavery. All rather unpleasant facts for liberals. Don’t remember the democrat congresswoman’s name who praised Castro but anyone with any curiosity could find out in a few minutes.

      1. Fred says:

        More Tuna lies out of you. What Democrat? Throw more mud and see what sticks? Obviously you were not interested in truth or you would have posted a name rather that more mud..
        What do liberals have in common with a dictator that exterminated population.? Again more mud. Have you no sense of honesty?

      2. Swordsman says:

        If you are trying to say that modern Republicans are ANYTHING like Lincoln you my friend have hit your head real hard. Just because Lincoln ran as a Republican you cannot say that Republicans ended slavery as the current Republicans are trying to bring it back. Not with race’s but with economic class’s. If you do not make this much a year, you are a slave to someone. The other thing I am laughing about is how often that GOPers say something about the KKK with Dems. You talk about it like the GOP has never had anyone in the party that should have had no place in a national spotlight. I would only assume that you can name at least a dozen off the top of your head for both parties. If you cannot then you are short sighted or just spewing out the same thing you read on the last post. Stupidity is running rampant and you keep talking like the KKK started the DFL. 1 talking point and you are done. Nice try and keep up the good work.

  17. 18 Days and Counting says:

    Shouldn’t he be in St. Paul working to balance our budget. Up north and can not be reached sounds suspiciously like a fishing trip to me.

  18. Norge says:

    Surprising how hateful the union-thugocracy gets when reminded of its socialist roots. NAZI was the National Socialist Workers Party, remember? And Hitler didn’t like the competition from Stalins USSR…Union of Soviet Socialist States, which funded, armed, and guided Castro to power and subsidised him for 50+ years. Every statement the good legislator made is true…so when you can’t fight the truth, smear the messenger. Good ol thugocracy tactics imported from Chicago. Going down in 2012??? You need to change your bong water, the contaminents are shrinking your brain.

    1. Noah says:

      Why do people try to correct ignorance.
      @Norge. The beauty of a free country is you can post what you would like. You are so correct about the people who smear the messenger. The conservatives on this board far too often resort to mane calling and mud slinging. If they need a fact, they make one up

  19. tom says:

    so the truth hurts huh

  20. tom says:

    unions suk and will destroy America

  21. Victim Du Jour says:

    “No socialist System can be established without political police, they would have to fall back on some form of Gestapo, No doubt very humanely very directed in the first instance.”.

    -Sir Winston Churchill

    So is WCCO the local “Corporate run” political
    police? Or is it Union Mental Health or Social Workers? DFL Public Schools? Bullying people around for having the wrong opinions?

  22. Mark from mntaxwaste.com says:

    You gotta love those unions, they did so much to help Detroit and helping illegal immigrants form unions. The union leaders are nothing but Nazi Pigs!

    1. jimmy says:

      The truth is Hitler disbanded the unions in 1933. Now who in America is trying to disband the unions? Hitler was all about protecting the top 2% from the working men and women of Germany.

      1. Victim Du Jour says:

        Hitler disbanded Weimer Republic and Bolshavicks Unions and replaced them with the Nazi Unions (German Labour Front)

        He also accused FDR of being arrogant like millionaire class when he declared war on the USA.

  23. WTD says:

    mark from minwax

    just remember most of the benifit you all enjoy at the workplace were brought to you by union men and women.
    fair pay
    healthcare & dental
    the list goes on and on and you want to name call the people who worked and fought to get YOU those bennys.
    stop and think where all those benifits came from

  24. Time to vote them out. says:

    People of both parties need to stop being single issue voters. Single issue voters nominate dumb politicians. Politics is suppose to be about give and take. The current group of politicians are a bunch of selfish spoiled toddlers who refuse to let the other kids play with their toys. It’s all about “me me me!” Time to vote every incumbent out of office, regardless of the party.

  25. Carl says:

    Hackbarth is emotionally unstable and clearly unfit for his job. I presume he’ll be promoted soon by the MnGOP.