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Words matter

August 9, 2012
The Journal

State Sen. Mike Parry, locked in a bitter primary battle with former state rep. Allen Quist to challenge Rep. Tim Walz (D-1st Dist.) in November, has based much of his campaign on the things Quist did and said some 20 years ago when he was in the Legislature.

If Quist's words back then are relevant issues in the campaign, what are we to make of Parry's words, spoken this week at a Republican fundraiser in Brown County?

Parry, ignoring Quist, took off on Gov. Mark Dayton, urging Republicans to prevent Dayton from getting a Democratic majority in the Legislature.

Parry called Dayton a "scary" man. "When you sit across from him, watch him pop 15, 16 pills while you're having a meeting, it's scary," Parry said. Dayton called the allegation a lie, and "gutter politics."

Pressed for further explanation at Farmfest on Tuesday, Parry stood by his statement, even though he couldn't recall exactly when the breakfast meeting took place, and admitting it might not have been 15 pills. But he said he saw what he saw.

The politics of insinuation should be abandoned by both parties. Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid insinuates Mitt Romney is a tax dodger, Michelle Bachmann insinuates the State Department is riddle with Muslim extremists, and now Parrry calls the governor a "pill-popper." We think politicians should stick to rational statements they can back up with facts.



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