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19A: Allen Quist wins MNGOP endorsement

by The Big E on January 12, 2013 · 3 comments

… and all but guarantees the DFL keeps this seat

Allen Quist won the Minnesota Republican Party endorsement in the 19A special election. He beat Jim Gohlgart and Joel Brinker. This special election was called because DFLer Terry Morrow resigned to take a job in Chicago.

The Unintentional Master of Unintentional Comedy beat out to relative unknown candidates and will face a yet-to-be-determined DFLer in the February 12 special election.

When the first round of ballots was counted, there was no contest, the Mankato Free Press and New Ulm Journal report. Allen Quist, who last held public office in the 1980s, was endorsed by the scant dozens of delegates who turned up last night in an abandoned movie theater in Mankato.
(Bluestem Prairie)

Quist will now be able to unleash the Lion of Free Enterprise upon the unsuspecting voters of northern Mankato and St. Peter.

Quist cited his campaign orgnization and fundraising ability as reasons the dozens of delegates ought to endorse him. There’s only one problem with this claim. He isn’t very good at either.

He mostly self-funded his failed run for Congress and:

As his epic fail of a campaign totters towards its inevitable conclusion, the unintentional master of unintentional humor strikes again.

Allen Quist held a campaign event in Worthington, MN yesterday. He’s the Republican endorsed candidate challenging Rep. Tim Walz (DFL) to represent Minnesota’s First Congressional District. This event exemplifies why Quist is failing as a candidate and will lose (and probably pretty badly) to Walz.

Quist, who owns and operates an 800-acre farm in Nicollet County and is a former professor at Bethany Lutheran College, is also a former three-term state legislator. He is challenging current 1st District U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, a Democrat who is seeking his fourth term in Washington.

Speaking before a group of five people – not counting two representatives from the media and his wife, Julie – Quist described himself as a man who knows how to run successful business and how to help get Washington on the right track.
[my emphasis]
(Worthington Daily Globe)

ericf January 12, 2013 at 5:55 am

I have a feeling the sort of people who turnout in special elections will be plenty suspicious of Bachmann’s beta version.

Lynnell Mickelsen January 12, 2013 at 6:34 am

Sallyjos January 12, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Quist compares the special election to his primary win, neglecting to note that party resources are an important part of the mix in a special election, and can help bring each party’s base to the polls via phone banks, door knocks, etc. The DFL is much stronger in the House and Senate district for that effort. His analogy is a weak one, especially since Mike Parry’s campaign was woefully underperforming in fundraising.

Because there will be an IP candidate in the race, both parties will have to work for this one, but yes, it’s likely that Quist’s negatives will bring out people outside of the base to vote mostly because they would resent being represented by this clown.

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