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Dayton vows to no longer meet with Parry

Parry to run against Walz
Parry to run against Walz

A fundraising email sent out by GOP state Sen. Mike Parry for his 1st Congressional District campaign proved to be the final straw for DFL Gov. Mark Dayton. The governor promptly canceled a meeting scheduled for today with Parry and Mazeppa GOP Rep. Steve Drazkowski. In an email to the lawmakers, he blasted Parry calling his fundraising email "inaccurate and deeply offensive."

Parry's email has to do with Dayton's order that in-home daycare providers vote on unionization. A Ramsey County judge recently blocked that vote after some daycare providers and conservative groups filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the election. A hearing is set for mid-January and Dayton plans to contest the judge's decision.

In his email, Parry writes "It's no secret that the labor unions helped buy the Governor's Office for Mark Dayton. In the past few months, he began to return the favor, most recently by trying to help unionize some of Minnesota's in-home, private child care providers."

Dayton responded in his email saying it is one thing for Parry to criticize his position on the issue. But the governor wrote "It is entirely different, however, to make malicious, false accusations about someone, who is not even up for re-election, for your own crass political purposes. I will not meet with you and provide further fodder for your political activities. If you have questions of me, submit them in writing, and I will respond in writing to them."

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It should be noted that Dayton apologized to Drazkowski and offered to reschedule a meeting with him.

Parry, chair of the Senate State Government Innovations and Veterans Committee, responded by writing a letter to Dayton saying he is "disappointed" by the governor's remarks. He added, "We must not let our political differences get in the way of the progress we have made and can continue to make."

He suggested they have coffee and "bury the hatchet."

This is not the first time Parry and Dayton have butted heads. The two fought over the impact of proposed budget cuts for veterans programs. Parry also called for Dayton to resign following the state government shutdown.

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