Letter: Another perspective on the GOP 1st District conventionAs a delegate to the First Congressional District Endorsing Convention, I thought the contest by Allen Quist and Mike Parry was quite informative and interesting.
By: Leroy Vetsch, Brewster, Worthington Daily Globe
As a delegate to the First Congressional District Endorsing Convention, I thought the contest by Allen Quist and Mike Parry was quite informative and interesting. The delegates and alternates who attended, for the most part, had their minds made up on who they would support. Therefore, the process had to be one of contention. One thing must be kept in consideration though, party unity. Both candidates, in my opinion, can beat Tim Walz.
Both Allen Quist and Mike Parry have their strengths and weaknesses, like all candidates do. Both candidates tried to address the other’s weakness. Parry doesn’t like Quist’s Christian view about the marriage relationship, and Quist doesn’t like Parry’s lack of depth into legislative bills. So, in the primary in August, voters will have to decide who they believe the best candidate is to run against Walz in the general election.
Allen Quist and Mike Parry both have served as legislators in the Minnesota state legislature. Both are good speakers and can hold the attention of their audiences.
Quist is a more reserved person who is articulate. He is a detailed person who reads bills that come before a legislative body. This is evident by the fact that he found the marriage penality in the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare), where married people would be penalized in health care just because they are married.
Parry is bold and charismatic. He speaks exuberantly and confidently before people. He presents himself well before crowds.
The voters of the First District will need to decide who they want to run against Walz. Do they want a representative who reads bills and knows detail or one who is charismatic and speaks with forcefulness?