As we rejoin the Emo Senator after Southern Minnesota's most beloved beloved telenovela returns from its holiday hiatus, we find Senator Mike Parry's volunteer congressional staff bitterly contemplating hitting the delete key.
With MPR's report that Allen Quist is jumping into the race for the Republican endorsement in Minnesota's First Congressional District, the campaign will no longer be able to claim that Parry is the only Republican candidate in the swing district held for three terms by the happy warrior Tim Walz.
Walz is currently riding high in his campaign to outlaw insider trading by members of Congress.
Tom Scheck reports in Quist making another run for Congress:
Allen Quist is making another run for Congress in Minnesota's 1st Congressional District. He is scheduled to formally announce his intentions on December 1, according to a letter he sent to GOP activists. The letter, obtained by MPR News, has a banner that says "Allen Quist for Congress, 'Restoring the American Dream."
"I am announcing to you that I will become a candidate for First District Congress," Quist's letter to activists said. "I intend to announce on December 1."
The letter said Quist will be making campaign stops in Winona, Rochester, Austin, Albert Lea and Owatonna on Thursday. He'll campaign in Mankato, New Ulm, Fairmont and Worthington on Friday. Quist's wife, Julie Quist, declined to answer questions about the letter when contacted by MPR News. . . .
In his letter, Quist said he's making another run for Congress because "grassroots Republicans have encouraged him to run." He also said the country needed "leaders who understand that our country is being taken over a cliff." . . .
Loyal fans still infer that despite this new development, Senate Majority Leader Michael Brodkorb has no regrets abandoning his role as deputy chair of the state Republican Party, given the impecunious way of the Failed Burrito Baron has gathered his rosebuds at the top.
No one can accuse Quist of spendthrift ways. The evangelical Christian is recycling his campaign slogan from his 2009-2010 campaign: Restoring the American Dream.
Last cycle, Quist's website went live on Halloween; this time, he's waiting to announce until after Thanksgiving. Perhaps the tough old bird knows his internecine rival too well--the Emo Senator won't be getting a chance to tweet that this bid is a turkey. For himself, Quist insists that Emo shouldn't ditch Senator as his last name.
Meanhwhile, our hero is due for another bout of amnesia, as the southeastern Wisconsin BizNews reports Wisconsin had more October job losses than any other state. Surely, Mike Parry will forget the ambitions he nurtured last spring, when the City Pages mentioned the Belle of Waseca County in its report, Minnesota Republicans want to be like Wisconsin.
Photoshop image: Now what was it that Flouncette was saying about Wisconsin being open for business? Bluestem thanks the great Tild for the new image, updated with the parlor curtains.
Earlier episodes of Emo Senator below the fold.