Moral apex: He’s not here for anything as mundane and Teabagg-y as carrying a loaded gun into the St. Paul Planned Parenthood parking lot (more about that below); it was through his gun-nuttiness that we learned this “family values” hypocrite — who authored a state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage — is “in the process of divorcing his wife of 25 years.” [StarTribune.com]
What’s more: He’s got a girlfriend. Actually, more like an online girlfriend, whom he barely knows — but with whom he appears so obsessed that he felt compelled to “check up on her”… with a gun on his hip.
What’s more: He met this “girlfriend” through an Internet dating service. Which means he was actively scouting out new “dates” while still married.
Why was he stalking her? We didn’t say he was stalking her; however: “Police say Hackbarth exhibited the behavior of a stalker: angry, looking for a woman, with a fully loaded gun.” [CBS Minnesota]
OK, then, why was he “checking up on” her? By all accounts, he had coffee with his target, then asked her out to dinner; she declined, saying she had other plans, with a female friend. He didn’t believe her; he figured she was seeing another man (as if he had a right to be jealous at this point).
“She gave me some line of baloney,” Hackbarth told CBS Minnesota, “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. And I was just checking on her.”
That is creepy. It sure is.
Divine (if temporary) justice:
“Due to an incident on Tuesday, November 16, State Representative Tom Hackbarth has been suspended from any current and pending leadership roles within the House GOP Caucus. The suspension will remain in effect until the issue is fully resolved.”
— Minnesota House Speaker-designate Kurt Zellers
Now what? Now we wait to find out what “fully resolved” means.
“We have to air our dirty laundry? My wife and I are going through a divorce… We’ve been separated for about a year and a half now.”
— Hackbarth to CBS Minnesota
Suggested Bible reading for Mr. Hackbarth:
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
— Matthew 5:27-28
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