In The Free Press peeks through the glory hole of Allen Quist's history; Tim Walz spams America, Bluestem looked at Mark Fischenich's excellent spade work on decades old remarks by MNCD1 Republican primary contender Allen Quist.
The remarks have been highlighted in press releases from the Parry for Congress campaign, Quist's rival in the August 14 primary.
In an accompanying article, Parry shrugs off his controversial tweets, Fischenich reports:
Congressional candidate Mike Parry’s campaign sent an email Tuesday highlighting controversial actions and statements made by his Republican primary opponent, but Parry, too, has some antagonistic remarks in his past.
Parry — through campaign advisor Ben Golnik — called for fellow Republican congressional candidate Allen Quist to “man up and explain what he meant by these outrageous comments.”
Most attention online has been directed to Parry's tweet describing Obama as an "angry black man." Fischenich points out a Parry tweet that gets into the same subject matter as Quist's supposedly "outrageous comments":
The “Dems and Pedophiles” tweet was widely speculated to be a reference to the debate going on in the spring of 2009 in the then-Democratic Congress over the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act, which some conservatives dubbed “The Pedophile Protection Act.”
Shepard was a gay University of Wyoming student — not a pedophile — who was pistol-whipped, tortured, tied to a fence post and left to die by two men in 1998, and his murder helped spur the expansion of the federal hate crimes law to include crimes motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation.
Parry declined to talk further about his three-year-old tweets.
“That’s so long ago that that’s past history,” he said. “We’ve moved forward.”
So there you have The World According to Mike Parry: his relatively recent remarks that oppose legislation prompted by an anti-gay homicide: off-limits. Allen Quist's decades-old remarks about glory holes? Unfit for office!
Why are we reminded of Parry using state senate funds to launch a partisan attack on Secretary of State Ritchie, while parking his congressional campaign vehicle outside the state capitol? Parry seems to be able to excuse the log in his own eye without blinking.
Photo: The Parry for Congress truck parked outside the state capitol during last Friday's hearing. Who's paying the mileage and per diem?
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