First District Republican candidate Mike Parry is going after his GOP rival for a vote he cast 26 years ago to raise the gas tax.
The Parry campaign sent out a 23-second video of candidate Allen Quist speaking at a recent town hall in Winona. In the video, Quist states the following:
"Have I supported a gas tax? I think I did once the first year I was in. But keep in mind, the gas tax is not indexed for inflation. And so you can make a case that at some point in time, you know, to have adequate funding, you just try to keep up with inflation somewhat. Would I do that today? I would not."
In the press release, Parry vows to oppose any tax increase proposals. He is quoted as saying, "Minnesotans are tired of career politicians who say one thing on the campaign trail and vote the opposite way. I am proud of my record of standing up for taxpayers — I have never voted for a tax increase. With gasoline prices still over $3 a gallon, there is no reason to raise the gas tax — or any tax."
Parry and Quist are battling it out in the Aug. 14 primary for the chance to take on 1st District DFL Rep. Tim Walz.
To see the video, go here.