Allen Quist under renewed fire for 'men are genetically predisposed to lead family' remark
Quist and Parry have each uttered their share of preposterous statements.
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In 1994, Republican Allen Quist -- then campaigning to oust GOP Gov. Arne Carlson from office -- did a brief interview with Twin Cities Reader reporter David Brauer outside a Country Kitchen in Quist's hometown of St. Peter.
During the interview, Quist uttered his infamous "genetic predisposition" quote. We'll get to the specifics of what he said in a minute, but Quist -- who will square off against Rep. Mike Parry in an August 14 primary to see who gets the honor of competing against U.S. Rep. Tim Walz this November -- says his quote was taken out of context. Questioned about it during a Rochester town hall event earlier this month, Quist said critics were "making things up."
Yesterday, with the help of a microcassette player, Brauer unearthed audio of the interview and published it on MinnPost. Suffice it to say, either Quist isn't properly remembering his "genetic predisposition" comments, or he's gotten in the habit of lying about what he really said during that fateful interview.
Here's a transcript of the relevant passage (emphasis mine):
Brauer: You once criticized a local community education program because it "undermines the natural order of the husband being the head of the wife. It assumes that the husband and the wife have the same rights and responsibilities." Do you believe the wife has less rights?
Quist: I believe that before the law, the husband and the wife are exactly equal. But I think that you have a political arrangement in marriage, similar to any other political arrangement. And when push comes to shove, the higher level of political authority normally -- I think there are exceptions -- should be in the hands of the husband.
Quist: I think there's a genetic predisposition.
Brauer: Not a biblical one?
Quist: I don't know about that. That's not where I'm coming from.
Quist's final comment clearly implies that his 'men are genetically predisposed to lead the family' view isn't (or wasn't) based on scripture, but even with the raw audio now on the internet, he's sticking to his haters-are-making-things-up guns.
[The allegation] relates to a statement I made 18 years ago that I believe there is natural order to the family that is part of the genetic code. This negative attack is being taken out of context because I was speaking of religious beliefs, not public policy--beliefs that have no part in political campaigns or political discourse. In addition, I was not speaking of what the Bible says directly, but was speaking of inferences based on the Bible, inferences that others may not agree with. But the point is that the First Amendment to our Constitution guarantees freedom of Religion--a separation of church and state. To attack a political candidate for his religious beliefs is an affront to our all-important First Amendment freedoms. The issue is not relevant to the important issues we face.
In fact, my high regard for women in business, politics, and the community is obvious in many ways, among them my support for Michele Bachmann for President and the prominent and influential role my wife, Julie, has played in Minnesota politics and education activities over the years.
Brauer, in response, tweeted: "Hate to say it, but Allen Quist [is] lying in new email about genetic predisposition. SPECIFICALLY declaimed Bible."
Of course, Quist's primary opponent is no stranger to inserting his foot in his mouth either -- in early 2010, Parry outed himself as a racist when he tweeted that Barack Obama is a "Power Hungry Black Man."
So what will it be, First District Republicans, a sexist or a racist? On August 14, the choice is yours.
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