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September 30, 2014

Gov. Dayton denies ‘pill-popping;’ Mike Parry doesn’t apologize for remark

Minnesota Sen. Mike Parry, R-Waseca, made a provocative accusation about DFL Gov. Mark Dayton in remarks Monday at an outdoor event to a quiet group of Brown County Republicans.

The remarks were captured in a video (below) first posted by the New Ulm Journal.

He said, “[Dayton is] the most liberal governor in the U.S. When you sit across from him and you watch him pop 15 to 16 pills while you’re having a meeting, it’s scary. We all know how scary Obama is – he is at the same level.”

Dayton acknowledges taking medication for depression but said Parry exaggerated and is using “gutter politics,” MPR reports.

In response to that, Parry conceded that maybe it wasn’t 15 or 16 pills, but “it was more than just a few,” the Star Tribune reports. Parry could not recall the date of the alleged incident. He said the pills were sitting on the table while the two of them were having breakfast.

“I was there. I saw it,” Parry told reporters after the candidate forum, the Star Tribune reports. He further explained, “What I was speaking about was that it would be very scary, very scary if our governor ended up with a House and a Senate that was controlled by one party.”

Parry is in a bitter GOP primary fight with Republican Allen Quist. The winner of that Aug. 14 vote will take on incumbent U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn.

Several have asked for an apology from Parry, including state DFL Rep. Terry Morrow.

The remark comes at about the 2:40 mark: