Looks like 1st District Republicans won't gather for another convention after all to endorse a candidate to take on DFL Congressman Tim Walz.
This afternoon, former state Rep. Allen Quist announced he would run in the primary. In an interview, Quist said he decided to give up on trying to the get the party's endorsement because of how long it will take to have a second endorsing convention.
"The earliest that a new convention can be rescheduled is June 2 and it may not be rescheduled at all," hes said. "Obviously, I can't spend the next five weeks campaigning for an endorsing convention that may not even take place."
Shortly after Quist made his announcement, the Parry campaign said the state senator from Waseca will also run in the primary.
"While we're disappointed that Allen Quist broke his word, we look forward to taking the conversation to the broader public," the campaign release says.
A little over a week ago, Republican delegates failed to endorse a candidate after 14 hours and 23 ballots. The convention ended at 2 a.m. because the Kato Ballroom had to close due to city liquor license laws. Delegates passed a motion calling on the district's central committee to call another endorsing convention within two to three weeks. But logistically, that goal proved to be impossible. Organizers said June 2 would have been the earliest another convention could have been held.