When Bluestem last left the Emo Senator, in When a newspaper loves a Republican, he can do no wrong (and the FDN can't factcheck Parry) he was being pleasured by the managing editor of the Faribault Daily News over his "plain spoke" (but inaccurate) tweets about a laid-off state employee.
In today's installment of "Emo Senator," State government budget meeting blows up over policy, Eric Roper reports in the Hot Dish Blog that Parry flounced out of a meeting:
Sen. Mike Parry says he does not think the state government budget bill will be wrapped up by 10 p.m. tonight after a budget meeting this morning erupted over a policy dispute.
Parry, chair of the state government committee, said he and other lawmakers walked out of the meeting because MMB Jim Schowalter said "policy and reform" provisions were off the table.
“My understanding is leadership agreed that we would take the social policy out," Parry said. "But we would still have reforms.”
Those include non-social policy items like consolidating a variety of state government agencies.
Schowalter took "policy and reform" off the table, and so, after a week of being so publicly weepy about the fate of 22,000 laid off state employees (except, of course, the gardener guy), the Emo Senator's mood swings in another direction:
"I just took my tablet, put it in my folder," Parry said. "And Commissioner Showalter looked at me and said, ‘Senator, please don’t leave.’ And I said, 'Commissioner, I’m not here to waste my time. We have a serious situation, it needs to be resolved, and you have no clue what the governor wants in this bill.'"
The administration and Parry will have to sort those details out, though Bluestem must wonder how Parry knows what Dayton wants.
Bluestem suspects now that Parry must really hate that guy who maintains the grounds at the governor's residence, or else has the worst case of lawn envy ever as we insinuated in Emo tweeting senator Mike Parry can see Governor's mansion lawn from Waseca.
Will the gardener ever get back to work? Will Parry volunteer to mow the lawn at the Summit Avenue mansion, proving once and for all he's the man when it comes to fescue?
Meanwhile, after reading a tweet by Minnpost's media critic commenting "Emo Senator strikes again." this poor country blogger has contacted her agent about putting Bluestem's telenovela, "Ugly Parry," inspired by the Waseca senator, back on the market.
Image: Parry's crocodile tears.