Andy Parrish says war hero Rep. John Kriesel is a 'pretend Republican,' "all about John K"
Kriesel has been the target of harsh words from his fellow MNGOPers at least twice this year.
In May 2011, Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, gave an impassioned speech on the floor of the House of Representatives laying out why he's a Republican who proudly supports gay marriage.
So it's no surprise that Kriesel, who took a job as Anoka County's Veteran Services leader earlier this year after he announced his retirement from the legislature, is starring in a new Minnesotans United for All Families ad. What is surprising, however, is the way Andy Parrish, deputy campaign director for Minnesota for Marriage, reacted to the spot's release.
First, here's the ad:
The same day that was published online, Parrish and Kriesel -- a decorated veteran who lost both of his legs in Iraq in 2006 -- got into a Twitter spat. Here's some of the blow-by-blow:
Parrish's "John K is all about John K" remark comes months after Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake -- a candidate for a State Senate seat in the Albertville area this election cycle -- said Kriesel has "no courage" because he supported the Vikings stadium but decided not to run for another term in office.
The MNGOP sure has a way with words, doesn't it?
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