Yesterday, in Mike Parry campaign posts Youtube grabbed from DFL tracker at Quist Winona town hall, Bluestem noted that Mike Parry's campaign, which once claimed incorreclty that the Waseca state senator was the only threat deemed worthy of a tracker by the DFL, used that tracker's footage of a Quist town hall to attack Republican primary rival.
How's that working out for Emo Senator?
There's a short blog post in the Rochester Post Bulletin's Political Notebook, Parry blasts Quist for gas tax vote that begins, "First District Republican candidate Mike Parry is going after his GOP rival for a vote he cast 26 years ago to raise the gas tax."
Our hero would never ever raise the gas tax, regardless of how those roads crumbled. It's important to stand on principle, even when there's no longer a shoulder to cry on.
Emo Senator fans will have to wait until the afternoon to see if coverage of the press release and excerpt from the DFL's footage makes the PB's print edition.
Josh Moniz at the New Ulm Journal checks out the story in Parry targets Quist over gas tax vote:
Minnesota 1st Congressional District Republican candidate state Sen. Mike Parry was on the attack Monday against fellow Republican candidate Allen Quist over his 1986 vote in support of a gas tax increase. Quist and Parry are currently competing to be the official Republican challenger to DFL incumbent U.S. Rep. Tim Walz.
Parry campaign manager Ben Golnik told Moniz that the beatings will continue until voters cast their ballots in August:
Parry's campaign adviser Ben Golnik said the gas tax criticism is part of the campaign's planned focus to criticize Quist's voting record. He said the gas tax will not be a primary criticism focus. Rather, it will be part of a larger message they will push ahead of the Aug. 14 primary election.
An ad campaign push is planned between now and the primary. Golnik declined to provide details about the scope or content of the ads.
The Journal also checked out Parry's claim that he would never raise taxes, and turned up a kerfuffle Emo had with the Taxpayers League:
Parry was an author on a 2011 bill that expanded electronic gambling, greatly increasing the amount of games the state could tax, while simultaneously cutting taxes on state-approved gambling methods. The bill was looked at as a potential funding source for the Vikings stadium bill, but it was eventually withdrawn. The Taxpayers League of Minnesota, one of Minnesota's biggest anti-tax groups, criticized Parry's bill and other similar bills that expanded gambling, claiming their creation inherently generated a new tax. Parry denied the claim that it represented a tax.
Parry voted against the successful Viking stadium bill this past session.
Quist also characterized Parry's negative campaign as desperation after the announcement of his major fund-raising push. He said that he plans to not send any negative campaign ads ahead of the primary.
"Our [campaign] plan is to basically ignore him. We don't consider him a big problem, " said Quist, "If he ever becomes a serious challenger, maybe we'll target him on failing to push hard on Minnesota's Medicare fraud."
Meanwhile, in the Fairmont Sentinel, a letter writer invites Martin County residents to Come to town hall forum:
Everyone needs to become an informed voter. In our great country, we have the privilege, right and duty to vote. With this comes the duty to be educated and informed of the issues and candidates.
At 7 p.m. Thursday at Heritage Acres in Fairmont, there will be a town hall meeting to become an informed voter. Republican congressional candidate Allen Quist will address the issues that should be important to us . . .
And to think we're still waiting to learn the results of the Dancing with the Steele County Stars competition! Was the DFL tracker there?
Tune in for the next episode!
Images: Mike Parry, Emo Senator, dressed up for the cotillion. By Tild (above); Allen Quist crowdsurfs, by cartoonist Ken Avidor.
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