Allen Quist's pathetic yard signs propel him to MNGOP endorsement for open House seat [PHOTO]

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Allen Quist and longtime supporter Michele Bachmann have something in common.
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: 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.



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