In a post written earlier today, Bluestem included Quist, Parry flounder in mudfest, the Mankato Free Press editorial editorial board's reaction to the bickerfest that is the Republican primary in Minnesota's First Congressional District.
Catching up on our reading around Greater Minnesota media, we find that the Owatonna People's Press board--which leans to the right--isn't any happier with the Republican candidates than the MFP board.
In For GOP's sake, Parry and Quist need to heed the 11th commandment, the board notes:
What is, perhaps, a bit surprising is to see the extremes of negative campaigning to which those within the same political party will go just in order to secure the nomination. Case in point: The current campaign being waged by both state Sen. Mike Parry and former state Rep. Allen Quist, the two GOP hopefuls who are locked in what has become an increasingly bitter battle leading up to the Aug. 14th primary. Sen. Parry and Rep. Quist are vying for a chance to take on Congressman Tim Walz in the November general election to see who will represent Minnesota’s First Congressional District in Washington, D.C.
As the day of the primary draws nigh — it’s just two weeks from this upcoming Tuesday — the candidates seemed to have disavowed any allegiance to the so-called Eleventh Commandment of the GOP, made popular by Ronald Reagan: “Though shall not speak ill of any Republican.” . . .
Read the editorial to learn which barbs have festered in the editors' skin. Before concluding that the rivals must learn to use their indoor voices, the paper observes:
And the true winner in this bitter war of words? Tim Walz, who must secretly giggle with glee every time his would-be opponents take swipes at each other.
Perhaps so, though Bluestem thinks that the Congressman probably just gets an impish gleam in his eye that was last seen when the GOP endorsed Brian Davis.
The Walz campaign has been forthcoming with its official response. KEYC-TV shared the following statement on Friday in GOP Congressional Primary Gets Rough:
"While Senator Parry and Former Representative Quist are trading attacks, Tim Walz is staying focused on breaking the gridlock in Washington by passing legislation to help our soldiers find jobs when they return home, working on a bipartisan compromise on the Farm Bill and bringing his colleagues together to pass a bipartisan highway bill that puts Americans back to work.
Senator Parry and Representative Quist won't be able to break the partisan gridlock in Washington when they can't break the gridlock in their own party."
Photo: Mudwrestling, from Cheezburger's Pundit Kitchen.
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