Governor Dayton Calling Pill Popping Comment by State Senator "Gutter Politics"

By KBJR News 1

Governor Dayton Calling Pill Popping Comment by State Senator "Gutter Politics"

August 7, 2012 Updated Aug 7, 2012 at 3:38 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- A Minnesota State Senator is under fire after his comment about Governor Dayton taking 15 to 16 pills during a negotiating session.

According to our partners at Minnesota Public Radio Republican State Senator Mike Parry said at a recent campaign event for the 1st District U.S. Congressional Seat that he saw Governor Dayton take 15 to 16 pills during a private negotiating session.

"When you sit across from him and watch him pop 15 to 16 pills while you're having a meeting, it's scary," said Parry during his campaign event. "We all know how scary Obama is; he is at the same level."

Governor Dayton responded to these accusations by saying that Sen. Parry is using "gutter politics" just one week before the primary election. Gov. Dayton added that Sen. Parry's comment is just a sign of desperation from a candidate who is possibly losing in his campaign as a U.S. Representative for Minnesota.

Governor Dayton has admitted that he battles depression and alcoholism and depends on medication, exercise and diet to treat his depression.

Dayton says that he is not looking for an apology from Parry.

According to MPR, this isn't Parry's first controversial comment that he's made. In a post on Twitter, Parry said that President Barack Obama is a "power hungry arrogant black man." Parry later removed that tweet.

Minnesota Public Radio News can be heard in Duluth on 100.5 FM or online at MPRnewsQ.org.

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