The gloves are definitely off in the 1st District Republican primary. State Sen. Mike Parry's campaign sent out a press release today filled with controversial statements made by his opponent Allen Quist in the past.
"Now Quist claims his controversial statments from the past are a 'total invention,' total fabrication,' and 'total bull.' Widely reported at the time, Quist's controversial statements would be devestating in a general election campaign today,"said Parry campaign political adviser Ben Golnik.
He adds, "Will Quist come clean and take responsibility for his previous comments? It's time for perennial candidate Allen Quist to man up and explain what he meant by these outrageous comments."
The campaign then dredges up comments Quist has made in the past based on newspaper articles. That includes a statement that he believes "the husband should be the head of the household" from a 1994 Star Tribune article. The press release also cites a St. Paul Pioneer Press article from 1993 that says Quist did an undercover investigation of an X-rated bookstore. To see the full press release, go here.
Quist's wife and campaign manager Julie Quist said all the Parry campaign has been doing in recent weeks is launching negative attacks.
"It would be really good for him to put something out that was a little positive about what he intends to do and what his issues are," she said.
Parry and Quist are set to square-off in the Aug. 14 primary. The winner will take on DFL 1st District Rep. Tim Walz. Wonder if these latest attacks will come up in Friday's debate between Parry and Quist on TPT's Almanac show?