Allen Quist's pathetic yard signs propel him to MNGOP endorsement for open House seat [PHOTO]
Allen Quist got spanked by Congressman Tim Walz in November. At 68, it looked like that was the end of his political career -- until Rep. Terry Morrow, D-St. Peter, suddenly resigned, opening up a House seat.
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Last week, Quist tossed his hat in the ring in hopes of getting the MNGOP's endorsement in the upcoming special election. One thing helping his cause was the fact that he had a bunch of yard signs left over from his ill-fated congressional run.
Of course, those signs said "Allen Quist for Congress," but that's nothing a little tape couldn't fix, as the New Ulm Journal's Josh Moniz explained yesterday in comparing Quist's signs to those of his two MNGOP competitors:
-- Josh Moniz (@Josh_Moniz) January 11, 2013
Quist's jerry-rigged signs apparently did the trick, as he easily won the endorsement during last night's convention.
As the Mankato Free Press explains, last night's convention wasn't anywhere near as interesting as the epic and inconclusive struggle waged between Quist and then-state Sen. Mike Parry last spring:
Quist won 85 percent of the vote on the first ballot -- easily topping the 60 percent required and overwhelming Le Sueur County Veterans Services Officer Jim Golgart and former St. Peter City Councilman Joel Brinker.
"You know, I wouldn't mind if the Legislature was where I began my political career and the Legislature would be where I ended it," he said after the convention was adjourned. "That would fit me very well if that would work out. And I think I could do a lot of good in the Legislature."
Held in the vacated movie theater in Mankato Place, the convention was far from a thriller. Just 41 delegates showed up, filling less than half of the 90-plus delegate slots available.
The DFL hasn't yet nominated a candidate for the February 12 special election in left-leaning House District 19A, which includes St. Peter and Mankato, but it's safe to say that whatever Democrat emerges, they won't be as fun as Quist, who once said men are genetically predisposed to lead the family, believes dinosaurs lived at the same time as humans, and famously conducted "research" in an "anonymous sodomy" adult bookstore in Mankato.
Following his victory last night, Quist released a statement outlining what his legislative priorities would be if he wins next month's special election. Click to page two to read it.
Mankato--Former State Representative Allen Quist won the Republican Party endorsement tonight in Mankato for the Special Election in House District 19A, getting 85% of the first ballot vote. The district takes in all of Nicollet County and parts of Blue Earth and Le Sueur counties.
The Special Election date has been set by Governor Dayton for February 12th, coincidentally President Lincoln's birthday.
In his speech, Quist noted that one of the big issues in this legislative session will be the proposed expansion of Medicaid by 25% to cover 300,000 more people in Minnesota. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that states cannot be required to expand Medicaid.
Quist said that Medicaid costs in Minnesota are $8.5 billion a year, equal to half the entire state budget, half paid by the federal government and half paid by the state. Quist said that expanding Medicaid this way is spending money we do not have.
Quist also said that since Minnesota would be setting up its own health care Exchange, he would attempt to structure the Exchange so that married couples could not be charged more for their health insurance than similar couples who live together but are unmarried.
Quist noted that Special Elections are much like Primary Elections in that they are won by name ID and getting supporters out to vote. Quist won the August Primary in 19A by a margin of 16% over a sitting state senator. Quist said he has the team in place to contact those voters and get them to vote for him again in February.
Quist said he has a strong support base that is ready to hit the ground running on Friday
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