As we rejoin the Emo Senator, loyal fans will be worried that our hero, Mike Parry, will be struck down by migraines created by the snarling tangle of official and campaign business. Since he worries so about Secretary of State Ritchie's possible conflicts, we can only imagine how the Emo Senator agonizes about his own complications.
Via twitter, Bluestem had to laugh at the vehicle Mike Parry--or someone in his congressional campaign--parked outside the state capitol. Inside, Parry fretted about public officials campaigning on the public dime.
As well he should! Up and down the innertubes, professional journalists wrote about how the hearing would draw attention to his congressional race. Just yesterday, Heather Carlson wrote in Fundraising, light rail & Bachmann: A CD1 primary race update:
Last but not least, Parry will be getting plenty of media coverage on Friday. The state senator from Waseca wants answers from state officials about the decision to change the names of two constitutional amendment ballot items. Parry has called a meeting of the Senate Government Innovation and Veterans Committee, which he chairs. . . .
Will the Belle of Waseca County take a per diem for the hearing? Claim his fellow senators' per diems as in-kind contributions so as to boost the appearance of fundraising in the pre-primary report due to the FEC on August 2? Take money from the campaign to drive that vehicle up to St. Paul? Is mileage paid by the Senate at 55.5 cents per mile? Or by Parry's campaign contributors?
Perhaps someone can ask Gary Goldsmith or the FEC what's up with that. For now, the scriptwriter must retire to her own fainting couch, and work out these balled-up plot lines. Tune in for the next exciting episode.
In the meantime, check out The Uptake's footage of the hearing at Congressional Candidate Holds Hearing On MN Constitutional Amendments
Photo: The Parry Congressional campaign Vehicle, parked outside the Minnesota State Capitol today. via LitHappens' tweet: So... Sen. Parry asks if the SOS is campaigning on the job? http://twitpic.com/a9r6pw
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