Rochester Sen. Dave Senjem is endorsing fellow Republican Sen. Mike Parry for congress. The Parry campaign sent out a news release this morning touting the endorsement of Senjem and other southern Minnesota political figures.
In the news release, Senjem is quoted as saying, "During his visit to Rochester last week, Senator Parry said something that was very special and sets him apart from nearly everyone in Congress, or running for Congress: he knows what it's like to sign both sides of a pay check. He has been in the trenches. He understands what it takes to grow jobs and to make business work, something our country desperately needs in these terribly uncertain times. Senator Parry is the kind of leader the people of Southern Minnesota can rely on to jump start our economy and make job growth and a new prosperity our nation's number one priority moving forward."
Parry is running for the 1st Congressional District seat held by DFL Congressman Tim Walz. So far, he is the only Republican to officially announce he is running for the seat. Allen Quist has said it is very likely he will run again for the seat.
Also endorsing Parry was state Senate Agricultural Committee Chair Doug Magnus, R-Slayton, and several Republican county leaders. They included Mower County Republicans Chair Charles Mills, Steele County Republicans Co-Chair Norrine Jensen and Freeborn Republicans Co-Chair Al Arends.
It is interesting to see who is not included in the endorsements. Rochester's other Republican senator, Carla Nelson, is not listed. None of the leaders of the Republican Party of Olmsted County are on the list.