Quist has established an exploratory committee as he mulls over a potential bid for 1st District DFL Rep. Tim Walz's seat. At the forum, Quist will be speaking out against the Democrats' health care reform plans. He will also outline his own health care reform ideas, which center on malpractice reform and tax rebates.
Tonight's forum is the first of three Quist is holding across the 1st District. Tomorrow he has one in Mankato and Wednesday he is holding one in Worthington. Quist has also said he hopes to announce whether he is running this week. He has already set up a Quist For Congress Web site and Facebook page.
Quist won the GOP gubernatorial endorsement for governor in 1994 but lost to Gov. Arne Carlson. It will be interesting to see what kind of a turnout the St. Peter politician gets in Rochester. He will have a local conservative by his side — former GOP congressional candidate Dr. Brian Davis, who lost to Walz in 2008.
Meanwhile, supporters of health care reform have planned a "Countdown to Change" rally at noon on Thursday in front of Sen. Amy Klobuchar's office in Rochester. The event is being organized by liberal political action committee MoveOn.org.