As we return to another episode of Emo Senator, Southern Minnesota's most watched telenovela, we find that our hero, Senator Mike Parry, the Belle of Waseca County, has been diligent with his "no" votes on the bonding bill and the stadium. While Parry is trapped in St. Paul, the forces of Quistian mischief roam freely across the countryside.
In Rochester, The Quist himself scolded Pawlenty-era Medicaid contracts with HMOs as potentially fraudulent, which is so Tim Walz's fault, and urged everyone to get outraged by that. Meanwhile, Quistian soldiers wrote letters to the editors of the Worthington Globe and the Albert Lea Tribune.
The Quistians' pens were fired by an earlier letter scolding Quist for ungentlemanly behavior during the epic CD1 MNGOP endorsing convention where delegates couldn't manage to endorse either candidate but decided to try again. However, the calendar and filing deadlines conspired against their desires, so Quist jumped into high primary mode.
Emo Senator devotee Betty Quiring wrote in 'Minnesota nice' not evident at GOP endorsing convention:
While Mike was attempting to speak, Allen pranced back and forth in front of the stage with a sign taunting Mike about the questions while Allen’s supporters yelled and booed. Allen still couldn’t win the endorsement. What came next? Allen got on the stage and talked about his net worth that would enable him to put $1 million toward winning the election!
Perish the thought that a Republican candidate in the First might put some of his or her personal fortune toward running for office, because that so didn't happen with the Brian Davis campaign in 2008, nor with Randy Demmer either.
Other delegates are not convinced that Quist isn't Minnesota Nice. In the Worthington Globe, GOP activist Leroy Vetsch of sunny Brewster responds in Another perspective on the GOP 1st District convention:
Both Allen Quist and Mike Parry have their strengths and weaknesses, like all candidates do. Both candidates tried to address the other’s weakness. Parry doesn’t like Quist’s Christian view about the marriage relationship, and Quist doesn’t like Parry’s lack of depth into legislative bills. So, in the primary in August, voters will have to decide who they believe the best candidate is to run against Walz in the general election.
Allen Quist and Mike Parry both have served as legislators in the Minnesota state legislature. Both are good speakers and can hold the attention of their audiences.
Quist is a more reserved person who is articulate. He is a detailed person who reads bills that come before a legislative body. . . .
Over in the Albert Lea Tribune, Quistian Jason Jacobusse forgets Minnesota Nice when he picks up the cross in Quist has record of integrity:
In her recent letter, Ms. Betty Quiring described the 1st District GOP convention from her point of view. For one, claiming to be “new” to this process, this sounds very much like the same old to me. Her mudslinging in the form of personal attacks, gross misrepresentations and childish name calling was, in short, the politics as usual that people are fed up with.
While I won’t waste my time responding to most of what Ms. Quiring has put her name to, I must point out her tawdry attempt to deceive your readers. The true facts are quite simple. The convention was deadlocked, with neither candidate able to garner 60 percent of the delegates needed for endorsement. Mike Parry initially held a slight edge in delegates, until finally Allan Quist suggested a debate to break the deadlock. This suggestion was made in good order without breaking any convention rules, contrary to Ms. Quiring’s assertions. Parry refused to debate, which was certainly within his rights. However this caused some delegates to shift their support to Quist, who then led the remainder of the evening. Draw your own conclusions. . . .
The state senate ought to adjourn today, and our hero Emo Senator ought to be able to return to fulltime campaigning against the Quistians until the August primary. Tune in for the next episode of Emo Senator: The Long Hot Summer! Edition.
Image: Mike Parry. By Tild.