Christina Hagan, 29, was inspired by Donald Trump to run for Congress in Ohio — not because she wants to limit his agenda, but, rather, because she wants to help him enact it. Unlike the vast majority of the more than 400 women now running for Congress, who were inspired by the misogyny of Trump’s campaign to make a political impact in their communities, Hagan is excited about the possibility of cracking down on abortion — she bills herself as “Planned Parenthood’s worst nightmare” — and preventing employers from mandating flu vaccines. Unfortunately for Hagan, she’s facing an uphill battle to win her party’s nomination. Unlike Democratic women, who have fundraising resources such as Emily’s List available to help them in their campaigns, no such equivalent exists for conservative women.
In an article for The Washington Post, reporter Jessica Contrera profiled the young politician, who, despite her youth, has already served seven years as a state representative. One of her chief opponents in the primary, businessman and former Ohio State and NFL receiver Anthony Gonzalez, has no political experience but managed to raise $883,000 by the beginning of 2018 — more than triple what Hogan had raised at the time.
Another obstacle for Hagan is simply that many Republicans don’t see her as a candidate — at a meeting with a club called the Cuyahoga Valley Republicans, she was asked by the woman manning the sign-in table when her candidate was set to arrive. As Hagan spoke with Contrera, her own political director, Allan Betz, talked over Hagan when she responded to a question about where she considered herself a feminist. Even as Hagan identified herself as “a conservative feminist,” Betz replied, “Absolutely not.” As she proceeded to explain that her brand of feminism means not expecting anyone to vote for her because she’s a woman and that she feels the Women’s March excludes pro-life women, Betz stopped her, paused the interview, and asked to speak with his candidate privately.
Speaking with Contrera, Hagan shared the story of the first time she met Donald Trump, as well as how she responds to people who question how she could support someone who’s been accused of sexual harassment or assault by at least 16 women.
Below, watch a campaign video of Hagan’s in which she vows to take on Planned Parenthood if she’s elected to Congress.
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