U.S. Rep. John Kline joined the parade of endorsements in the special state Senate election to be held Jan. 26 in the Owatonna/Faribault area. No surprise, he supports fellow Republican Mike Parry in the race to fill the seat of Dick Day, who left to become a lobbyist.
Said Kline: “Minnesotans have grown weary of job-killing tax increase after job-killing tax increase. Mike Parry is someone we can count on to reverse the explosive growth of government, get our economy back on track, and put Minnesotans back to work.”
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann endorsed Parry Wednesday; Gov. Tim Pawlenty is on the Parry wagon, too.
On the DFL side, candidate Jason Engbrecht got door-knocking support from Sen. Al Franken, with Minneapolis Mayor R.R. Rybak and House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher scheduled to drive down I-35 this weekend to help out.
Independence candidate Roy Srp has the support of former Congressman Tim Penney and former fill-in U.S. Sen. Dean Barkley.
Tom Scheck at MPR reports on the fund-raising race in the special election:
Engbrecht’s campaign finance report says he raised $20,645 and has $16,654 left in the bank. The DFL Party also gave Engbrecht a $1,000 contribution since the papers were filed.
Republican Mike Parry’s report says he raised $16,961 and has $8,606 left in the bank. Parry reports receiving two contributions that total $950 since he filed his report.
Independence Party candidate Roy Srp reports raising $4602 and has $4,432 in the bank.