"I'm running for Congress to take power from the Washington, D.C. Establishment and return it to the States and the People. I'm running for Congress to attack and reform the federal bureaucracy and quash excessive regulation," Hagedorn said, according to a news release.
Hagedorn also went after 1st District Rep. Tim Walz calling him "the most liberal Congressman in the history of southern Minnesota." He accused the Mankato Democrat of not acting in the best interest of Minnesota farmers.
"You cannot vote for Obamacare and be for the farmer, you cannot support excessive EPA regulation and be for the farmer, you cannot vote for Cap and Trade and be for the farmer and you cannot vote for Dodd-Frank and be for the farmer," he said.
Hagedorn is one of three Republicans vying for a chance to take on Walz in November 2014. The others are state Rep. Mike Benson of Rochester and Byron Army veteran Aaron Miller. Hagedorn is the son of former Minnesota Rep. Tom Hagedorn, a Republican who represented the 2nd District, which then included a large swath of the 1st District including the cities of Mankato, Waseca and Austin. The Blue Earth Republican ran for the seat in 2010 but lost the Republican Party's endorsement to then-state Rep. Randy Demmer, R-Hayfield.
Hagedorn grew up working on the family farm near Truman, Minn. He spent 25 years working Capitol Hill, including 18 years as a congressional affairs officer for two non-partisan Department of Treasury agencies. He also spent seven years as the senior legislative assistant to former Minnesota Republican Rep. Arlan Stangeland. He moved back to the Blue Earth in 2009.
In a news release, Hagedorn said he is running to take power away from Washington, D.C. and send it back to the states.