As we mentioned in a post yesterday, Jim "Mr. Conservative" Hagedorn is formally announcing his second congressional bid in a few minutes (he came in fourth in 2010 behind Randy Demmer, Allen Quist, Jim Engstrand, the Faribault County Register reported May 1, 2010 in Hagedorn’s political career over before it begins) but enough about that.
The number two Republican contender, Mike Parry, is not running again for congress. The Post Bulletin's political reporter Heather Carlson reports in Hagedorn to announce CD1 run, Parry endorses Benson:
In other First District news, former state Sen. Mike Parry of Waseca said he has ruled out running for any political office in 2014. Parry had been mulling a possible run for the First District seat and Secretary of State. He ran for the congressional seat in 2012, losing to Republican Allen Quist in a primary.
Parry said he had a chance to sit down with Benson and decided to endorse him. He said expects to campaign heavily for the Rochester Republican and host fundraisers.
"He is the right candidate for the right time. He understands what the First Congressional District needs. He understands the problems that we are facing, and he knows the issues. He is committed to win this race. I believe he will and that's why I am endorsing him 100 percent," Parry said.
We look forward to the special emo touch in the race.
Benson was part of Mike Parry's "Leadership Team" announced in May 2012, following a bruising April convention that failed to endorse either Quist or Parry after 23 ballots. With Miss CD1 MNGOP 2010 Brian Davis apparently backing Aaron Miller, we're left wondering who Allen Quist will pick as his new BFF.
Photoshop: Mike Parry as the belle of Waseca County (image by Tild).
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