This blog Anti-Endorses Deborah Hedlund for Minnesota Supreme Court.

Deborah Hedlund, a candidate for the Minnesota Supreme Court, received an anti-Muslim email from a campaign vendor, Matt Look, that said, “Can Muslims Be Good Americans?” the Pioneer Press reports. The email continued, “Perhaps we should be suspicious of all Muslims in this country. They obviously cannot be both ‘good’ Muslims and good Americans. … And Barack Hussein Obama, a Muslim, wants to be our President? You have GOT to be kidding! Wake up America!”

In response, Hedlund inadvertently replied to all recipients saying, “Matt, We speak the same language. And I still need to let voters know they have a choice to ‘Seek Justice, Vote For Experience’ for the Minnesota Supreme Court.”


I am not, however, necessarily endorsing her Pawlenty Appointed Opponent, Incumbant Justice Lorie Gildea. I think maybe I’ll just vote for neither.

Comments and recommendations on this welcome.


  1. #1 the real Hussein cmf
    October 29, 2008

    It is possible that you are jumping the gun on this-after all, maybe that she just jumped on the e-mail list and added it to her contacts list or s/th.
    I need to check it out tho…

  2. #2 the real footinmouth
    October 29, 2008

    ooops…NTS: Next time I look before I stick my foot in my mouth…

  3. #3 Stephanie Z
    October 29, 2008

    It looks they were both on MPR’s Midday today. Anyone catch it?

  4. #4 Greg Laden
    October 29, 2008


  5. #5 Stephanie Z
    October 29, 2008

    Well, I kinda figured that part. I was asking about other people.

  6. #6 greg laden
    October 29, 2008

    I think they’re ignoring us.

  7. #7 Stephanie Z
    October 29, 2008

    May be the wisest course.

  8. #8 Greg Laden
    October 30, 2008

    Not even Ana seems to be paying attention to this.

  9. #9 Stephanie Z
    October 30, 2008

    That does hurt. She’s a pretty busy woman just at the moment, though.

  10. #10 Dump Hedlund
    October 30, 2008

    1. In my opinion, Hedlund is a BIGOT. She replies to an e-mail that is titled “Can a Muslim be a Good American?” which lists ten reasons why the answer is “no” by writing back “Matt, we speak the same language.”

    2. In my opinion, Hedlund is an IDIOT. She hit “reply all” when she sent her message of hate.

    3. In my opinion, Hedlund is a LIAR. She told reporters that she had not read the bigoted e-mail or its subject line when she sent it.

    Minnesotans should not vote for a judicial candidate who is a bigot, an idiot, and a liar.

  11. #11 Hedlund Is Held In Contempt
    October 30, 2008

    The following statements are all drawn directly from the Minneapolis Star Tribune or the Saint Paul Pioneer Press and can be verified in their archives.

    Minnesota Supreme Court candidate Deborah Hedlund is held in contempt in the Minneapolis Courthouse where she is a trial judge.

    Who holds Deborah Hedlund in contempt?

    THE OTHER JUDGES: The Star Tribune reported on January 12, 1997 that around the judge’s chambers in the Hennepin County Court House, Hedlund is “known behind her back as Judge Ding Dong.”

    THE LAWYERS IN HENNEPIN COUNTY: The Hennepin County Bar Association polled its members on the legal skills and courtroom managment of the county’s trial judges in 1994 and 2000. Hedlund was the only judge who finished in the bottom three in the two surveys. The Star Tribune reported on April 19, 1994 that Hedlund was at or near the bottom in “civil and legal expertise,” “judicial demeanor,” and “case management skills.” On the same day, the Pioneer Press reported that Hedlund’s rating as a judge was “below the level deemed `average’ in the scoring system.” On June 6, 2000, the Star Tribune reported that Hedlund ranked at or near the bottom in “legal expertise on civil and criminal matters,” case management skills,” “judicial demeanor,” “fairness,” and “lack of bias.”

    LAWYERS IN HER OWN COURTROOM: One of the most respected and reserved prosecutors in Minneapolis is Robert Streitz. In one case before Hedlund, it had been worked out that the identity of a juvenile witness would be protected. The Star Tribune reported on May 29, 1993 that Hedlund sat idly by while the defense council named the mother of the shielded juvenile witness. Goaded by Hedlund’s potentially fatal inaction, Streitz exclaimed, “Your Honor, may we approach the bench? Jesus Christ!”

    HER OWN DIVORCE LAWYERS: The Star Tribune reported on November 23, 1999 that Hedlund had been sued by one of her attorneys in her most recent divorce for $88, 127 and had a lien placed against her homes by another of her divorce lawyers for $45,512. In her latest divorce, her attorneys had worked to get her living expenses of $16,000 per month and her share of disputed diamonds and artwork, a $1.5 million lake home in Wayzata, and a $400,000 condo across Lake Minnetonka in Excelsior.

    REPORTERS IN HER COURTROOM: The Star Tribune reported on April 14, 1993 that Hedlund ejected a reporter from the courtroom during preliminary phases of a controversial murder trial. “She also warned other reporters present not to pry into the upcoming case, at the risk of being removed themselves.” It is easy to see why she would not want reporters prying into her low-rated “legal expertise on civil and criminal matters,” case management skills,” “judicial demeanor,” “fairness,” and “lack of bias.”

  12. #12 David
    June 23, 2010

    Judge Hedlund is not only an incompetent judge, she also a dishonest, corrupt one as well. She is involved in a cover up and refused to report on an attorney, who had accepted a bribe. She is conspiring with the Office of Lawyer Professional, who falsified a report. Deb Hedlund, notice I don’t respond to her as judge as she does not deserve the respect. Hedlund and the OLPR are conspiring together in order so that she can protect her career as well as protect the attorney who took a bribe. Apparently, this is par for course with her.

  13. #13 Houston lawyer
    March 22, 2011

    I still need to let voters know they have a choice to ‘Seek Justice, Vote For Experience’ for the Minnesota Supreme Court.