Bachmann endorses Quist in 1st District GOP endorsement 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."
State Auditor Rebecca Otto, whose office audits 59 of 87 Minnesota counties among other responsibilities, said a technical glitch in the state government finance bill that passed in the final hours of the legislative session could leave those counties without any auditing.