The fighting continues in the 1st District Republican primary.
Candidate Mike Parry's campaign sent out a mailer this week in advance of the Aug. 14 primary ripping his opponent Allen Quist. It states that Minnesota Families CAN'T trust Allen Quist." The mailer says Quist "can't be trusted on taxes" because he voted for a gas tax increase while in the Legislature in 1986. It goes after Quist for supporting a gas tax increase while in the legislature in 1986. The mailer also includes controversial statements Quist made in the past — including that men are "genetically predisposed to be the head of the household — and for failing to take responsibility for them. It says Quist's "controversial statements and out-of-the-mainstream views" make him unelectable. Click here to Download Parry campaign mailer
This mailer comes out at the same time Parry is underfire for a controversial remark he made earlier this week at a Brown County Republican fundraiser when he said he saw DFL Gov. Mark Dayton pop 15 or 16 pills during a meeting with him. Dayton has called that a lie and the act of a desperate candidate who is going to lose.
Nowhere in the mailer does it urge people to vote for Parry. Rather, it urges voters to "vote no on Allen Quist." It states in small print on the back of the mailer that it was paid for by Parry for Congress.
Quist blasted the mailer saying this is just another example of the Parry campaign going negative. He said his campaign is only sending out positive campaign pieces in advance of Tuesday's primary election.
"It's as negative as it can be — especially when it asks people to vote against somebody rather than for somebody," Quist said.
He added that the mailer takes his gas tax vote out of context, failing to note that it was part of an overall package that cut taxes by $950 million.
Parry campaign adviser Ben Golnik said the campaign piece is simply trying to point out the differences between Parry and Quist.
"Parry's position is he's not going to raise taxes even if he cuts taxes. He is going to hold the line on taxes," Golnik said.
He added the Parry campaign did send out a positive campaign mailer earlier in the week.
The winner of the primary will take on DFL 1st District Rep. Tim Walz in November.