Vern Swedin, MNGOP's Parry replacement, calls Dems "rats," says November is "Rodent Removal Month"

Swedin says he's all about bipartisanship, yet here he is, calling Dems rats before he's even been elected.
Swedin says he's all about bipartisanship, yet here he is, calling Dems rats before he's even been elected.
Vern Swedin for State Senate

Sen. Mike Parry, R-Waseca, has been a lot of fun. But for better or worse, his failed congressional run means his time in the legislature is coming to an end.

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The Republican running to replace him, Owatonna entrepreneur Vern Swedin, has vowed to play nicer with Democrats than his predecessor, who infamously called Gov. Mark Dayton a pill-popping drug addict this summer. But based on rhetoric Swedin used at MNGOP rally on Tuesday, his vow looks to be a load of bull crud.

From the Owatonna People's Press (emphasis mine):

Swedin made those in attendance laugh with his "spelling lesson."

"The last four letters American is 'I can.' The last four letters in Republican is 'I can.' The last four letters of Democrats are 'rats,' and remember November is Rodent Removal Month," he said.

As pointed out by Bluestem Prairie's Sally Jo Sorensen, Swedin's "rats" rhetoric is especially absurd because he's made a point of repeatedly saying he plans to work together with Democrats.

For instance, Swedin's website says, "I will not engage in attacking my opponents or their party. I am committed to cooperation, understanding and working together across party lines to focus on human need, not political gain."

Furthermore, earlier this month, the Mankato Free Press quoted Swedin as saying, "I don't like to be adversarial."

So Swedin has already broken a campaign promise. Will Senate District 24 voters make him pay next month by electing his Democratic opponent, small business owner Vicki Jensen?

Don't count on it. Though the Free Press notes that his southern Minnesota district "has been trending more Democratic" recently, the fact of the matter is that a DFL senator hasn't held the District 24 seat in more than 40 years.

Swedin, for what it's worth, took to the Owatonna People's Press comment section to try and defuse the criticism his "rats" remark has created. Here's what he wrote:

I'm not sure which is worse? Party politics or reporting used to sensationalize the division.

The joke was for the event attendees, I have equally as many Republican jokes that I share because humor is fun, apparently not for all... and let's face it, political parties are the simply easy to joke about.

What our reporter failed to describe...

I started my speech with the failure of politics, "Whether Republican, Democrat, or Independent, a core problem with politics is that Politicians are measured by and large by what they spend rather than what they save."

As for attack ads... I am ashamed of all independent, party and others that distort truth, create lies and batter any person that is offering to be a public servant, period.

Yup, the classic 'blame it on the reporter' move. Always a sound strategy when you're hoping for more favorable coverage.

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