News broke Tuesday that Mike Parry, who’s running against Allen Quist in the 1st District congressional primary, accused Gov. Mark Dayton of swallowing handfuls of pills during a breakfast meeting.
What low-grade character assassination.
What pathetic bluster.
Dayton called it the “worst form of gutter politics.”
Parry refused to apologize.
We praise Dayton for taking the high road. We hope state lawmakers both former and current line up to condemn Parry’s insidious remark.
Maybe Dayton was taking multivitamins. Or headache medicine or antacids — Lord knows he has enough stress in his life. Maybe he was taking medication for depression, an illness he has boldly and admirably fought while living in the public’s eye, both as Minnesota’s leader and as a senator in Washington. Who knows and who cares.
A man admits weakness.
A pitiful little boy pokes fun at it.
Parry’s outburst makes us believe Quist when he says Parry muddied the 1st District primary race and turned it into a regrettable pigsty of backbiting and personal attacks.
Parry, quit with the boneheaded statements that have done nothing but bring shame to our state’s politics. At the very least, stand up and admit when you’ve said something astonishingly stupid.
If you can’t, there’s no reason for voters to take you seriously when they enter the booths next Tuesday for the primary.
Return to the issues or return to cooking pizzas in Waseca.
By Brian Voerding, editor, on behalf of the Winona Daily News editorial board, which also includes publisher Rusty Cunningham and deputy editor Jerome Christenson. To comment, call 453-3507 or email letters@ winonadailynews.com.