Quist thrust into the national spotlight for terrorism comments
Republican Allen Quist is getting plenty of national attention thanks to a YouTube video taken of him at a Wabasha County GOP Christmas Party event.
The video began to get national attention after The Minnesota Independent posted it on its Web site. In the video, Quist says that liberal radicals pose a greater threat to the country than terrorism. In the video Quist, a candidate for Democratic Rep. Tim Walz's seat, says the following:
"This is our fight and this is our time. This is it. Terrorism yes, but that is not the big battle. The big battle is in D.C. with the radicals. They aren’t liberals, they are radicals. Obama, Pelosi, Walz — they are not liberals, they are radicals. They are destroying our country and people all over are figuring that out."
The video aired last night on MSNBC liberal talk show host Rachel Maddow's show . She used it as an example of the wrong way for Republicans to use terrorism to benefit their campaigns.
"It does matter how you do it and if you are saying things like 'I hate Democrats more than I hate al Qaeda,' I am pretty sure you are not doing it right," Maddow said.
The battle for the Republican endorsement in the 1st Congressional District has been getting plenty of media attention. Another candidate, Jim Hagedorn of Blue Earth, Minn., drew attention for blog posts he later removed from his Web site. I wrote about that earlier. Other candidates include Assistant House Minority Leader Randy Demmer and retired Army veteran Frank McKinzie of Rochester.