11 May 2022
FARIBAULT, Minn. (WCCO) — A Minnesota Congressional candidate says she was threatened while out campaigning early Tuesday evening in Faribault.
Police say Jennifer Carnahan reported that a young man “made several threatening comments to her” while she was going door-to-door on the 1000 block of 1st Street Southeast at about 5:25 p.m.
Carnahan says the suspect – a white man between 18 and 20 years old – then “swerved his vehicle at her as she walked away.”
Police say the suspect’s vehicle was a blue Ford Focus. They are looking for any witnesses or anyone who knows the suspect to come forward to help in the investigation.
Carnahan, who was chair of the Republican Party of Minnesota from 2017 until 2021, is running for her late husband’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Jim Hagedorn represented the 1st Congressional District from 2019 until his death from kidney cancer in February. He was 59.
Carnahan was forced to resign her party chair position last August in the midst of a scandal involving Anton Lazzaro, a GOP donor who faces federal sex trafficking charges. She had also been accused of ignoring sexual harassment claims by staff members while leading the party, and fostering a toxic work environment.