November 15, 2015

MINNESOTA DEMOCRAT ABRUPTLY QUITS STATE HOUSE RACE AFTER SAYING ‘ISIS ISN’T NECESSARILY EVIL:’

A Burnsville DFLer’s campaign for the state House abruptly ended Sunday morning within hours of him posting on social media that ISIS “isn’t necessarily evil” and is “made up of people doing what they think is best for their community.”

The Twitter posting Saturday by Dan Kimmel, coming as the world’s emotions remain raw from Friday’s terror attacks on Paris, brought swift rebuke from others on Twitter. House Minority Leader Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, called for Kimmel to give up his campaign.

“I’m folding up the campaign tent,” Kimmel told the Star Tribune. He later issued a written apology and called his tweet “stupid,” adding that it’s probably best for him to “shut up” for the time being.

Perhaps fellow Democrats such as Patty Murray or David Bonior and Jim McDermott could come to his rescue.

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