Bachmann weighs in on this weekend's 1st District GOP fight
April 19, 2012 — 1:21pm
Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann told local Republicans they should send GOP First District candidate Allen Quist to join her in Washington.
Quist will face off against fellow Republican state Sen. Mike Parry this weekend in an endorsement fight. The winner will have the GOP blessing to battle Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Walz in the southern Minnesota district.
"I don’t have to tell you that trust is a rare commodity in today’s political world," her letter said. Quist and Bachmann have worked together for years and Quist's wife Julie worked as Bachmann's district director for three years.
"Our campaign is driven by the grassroots, and these local leaders agree that I'm the electable conservative who can defeat Congressman Tim Walz in November," Parry of Waseca said in a statement. "The campaign has support of delegates from across the Republican spectrum -- liberty-minded activists, freshman legislators, veteran lawmakers, longtime Party activists, college students, and Tea Party supporters."
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."