But it's all Allen Quist now. Even the Star Tribune only mentions Quist's place on Buzzfeed's 8 Craziest Candidates of 2012 list, charitably omitting the loser's higher ranking on that same list, in the article Minnesota candidates hit the trail by mending fences.
But Mike Parry isn't around for the moment to make outrageous statements of his own, like prattling on about how Walz doesn't support production agriculture (good one). The Owatonna People's Press reports that Parry is mending fences by taking a vacation with his wife:
On Wednesday, Parry went on what local Republican officials call “a long awaited vacation with his wife.” Parry’s cell phone number has been disconnected. But before leaving the area, his campaign did send out a press release asking Parry’s supporters to help Quist defeat Walz.
That was big of him. Former Representative Gil Gutknecht had suggested a bus tour of the district or something together immediately after the primary:
After Gutknecht won [the 1994 primary], Erdahl attended three news conferences throughout the congressional district and voiced his support.
Now the national snark media is reacting to Quist's victory according to script, Parry's own crazy having taken a vacation. The Daily Show Blog reaches for the obvious Mother Jones' frame with MN Republicans Reveal Plan to Make Michele Bachmann Seem Normal.
The Ed Show warns that with Bachmann helping out Quist, millions will be pouring into the district.
Perhaps that Bachmann magic will glow anew now that Quist has gained the endorsement, but the Mankato Free Press reported in Bachmann fundraiser for Quist not as lucrative as first reported that the first one brought in a trifle:
A retired farmer from rural St. Peter, Quist contributed more from his own pocket in July -- $10,000 -- than the Bachmann event generated. Quist told various Minnesota media the event raised $9,000.
But the campaign's filing with the Federal Elections Commission showed that nine contributions of $250 were made to the Quist campaign July 20, the day the event was held at the home of a Rochester physician. That was the size of the donation required to get into the private reception with Bachmann, a former Republican presidential candidate, a tea party favorite and a supporter of Quist and his wife/campaign manager Julie.
There were also two $250 donations in the days before and after the fundraiser, so there may have been another pair of donors who attended and paid in advance or after the fact -- bringing the total garnered from the private reception to $2,750.
However, we know that Mike Parry will be cutting his vacation time short to return to St. Paul to harrass public employees about their contract next week. Perhaps he will deign to bring his own dose of crazy back to Southern Minnesota politics as well, and hit the campaign trail for Quist.
Cartoon: Allen Quist, by Ken Avidor.