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