Star Tribune still taking Rob Hahn seriously

Rob Hahn may have lost his disconcerting campaign for governor, but apparently that doesn't mean we've heard the last of him.

Hahn, as you may have tried to forget, is the confessed perpetrator of domestic violence who until recently was running against Tom Horner on the Independence Party ticket.

During the campaign, Hahn hammered Horner on his undisclosed political connections and touted a plan to balance the budget with the help of riverboat gambling, but failed to get much attention from the press.

Until, that is, he started peddling his account of the reason his ex-wife took out a restraining order against him. Sometimes Hahn used the incident to talk about his desire to change family law. Sometimes he brought it up to show what a transparent and honest guy he is. Sometimes it wasn't really clear why he was bringing it up, except as a plea for media attention or as an effort to creep us out.

City Pages turned down a chance to play Hahn's game last month, but the Star Tribune jumped at it. Now they're at it again. On Saturday, Strib columnist Gail Rosenblum devoted her space to a conversation with Hahn, once again talking about his violent outburst.

"It's hard to imagine a bigger argument against fathers' rights than a guy leading the charge who has a restraining order against him," Rosenblum writes. "....But I hope we don't go there because I still strongly support family-law reform."

Wait, what? So why are we still being subjected to Hahn's self-serving exploitation of the way he traumatized his family? Hahn's ex-wife doesn't seem especially enthusiastic about her ex-husband trotting out the incident repeatedly for the media -- she has consistently declined to comment on it.

And while Hahn wants recognition for admitting his mistake and calling it wrong, he hasn't been particularly straight with the media about the incident. It turns out the episode he called "a row" actually involved him choking his then-wife, breaking two telephones when she tried to call for help, and telling her she was lucky he didn't kill her -- all while their kids were at home.

If this is the best champion that family-law reform advocates can find, they're in some serious trouble.

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