Marshall isn't in the First, but it is an important regional center for southwestern Minnesota. The editorial board of the Independent, a mildly conservative newspaper, joins the Austin Herald, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the New Ulm Journal and the Winona Daily News in deploring Mike Parry's claims that Governor Dayton is a scary pill popper.
The editors give a "Thumbs Down" to Parry's Remarks:
Enough with negative attacks already, Mike Parry. Parry, who is running in a primary for the right to face Congressman Tim Walz in the 1st District, criticized Gov. Mark Dayton for taking "15 to 16 pills" during a meeting. Dayton said the remark is in line with today's "gutter politics" and we agree. Parry and his primary challenger Allen Quist have been going back and forth at each other quite a bit already in their bitter battle for the right to challenge Walz, but the pill remark is so out of left field and really doesn't have anything to do with anything, other than it's a member of one party going after a member of another party just for the sake of grabbing a headline. But headline-grabbing can backfire, too. We like to see intense debating on issues during the campaign season, but when it comes to personal attacks and politicians calling each other unelectable, well, that just gets old.
Photo: Mike Parry at Farmfest. Photo by Eric V. Adams for Bluestem Prairie.