In posts like National laughing stock Chris Fields raises more than Mike Parry and Allen Quist combined, Bluestem has chronicled the unfortunate and lackluster fundraising by the Republicans vying to challenge three-term incumbent Tim Walz in November.
Now veteran Forum Communications political reporter Don Davis writes that Aug. 14 primary vote expected to be spotty:
Mike Parry and Allen Quist have added some spice to an otherwise quiet Minnesota primary election campaign.
The two candidates in southern Minnesota are fighting like cat and dog for the 1st Congressional District nomination after Republicans at a spring district convention could not decide between the two. . . .
The state’s elections chief said that primary turnout will be low and even in the 1st and 8th districts voters are not expected to show up in large numbers.
“The interest is going to be very concentrated in just one party in each of these (two House districts) and within that it will be a high activist group,” Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said. “The habit of Minnesota is huge turnout in general elections and relatively low turnout in primaries.”
Read the whole thing in the Worthington Daily Globe. Davis notes in his Capitol Chatter blog entry Farmfest offers chance to see congressional candidates:
Democratic U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson and Republican challenger Lee Byberg in western Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District will attend. Also planning to be in the forum tent will be Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Walz and two Republicans seeking to challenge him in southern Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District: Alan Quist and Mike Parry.
This should be a can't miss event, worth the heat and humidity that traditionally blesses Farmfest each August. Bluestem is bringing a photographer.
Cartoon: Davis writes that Mike Parry and Allen Quist fight like "cat and dog" but Bluestem's reminded of this classic toon-within-a-toon, The Itchy and Scratchy Show.