The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Election 2012

October 5, 2012

Campaign Notebook: Quist, Walz compete with ‘Twins of Evil’

MANKATO — If you’re torn between attending the Tim Walz-Allen Quist debate Tuesday night at Minnesota State University or the Rob Zombie-Marilyn Manson concert the same evening at the civic center, take heart.

While both the 1st Congressional District debate and the “Twins of Evil Tour” concert start at 7 p.m., there’s an excellent chance debate-goers — if they sneak out at the closing statements — could still experience the end of the Zombie performance and catch a tune or two from his current “Mondo Sex Head” album. And they’d get all of the Manson concert.

It’s hard to say which event will have more pyrotechnics, based on the previous debate between the Democratic Walz, a three-term incumbent from Mankato, and Republican challenger Quist, a retired St. Peter farmer.

The two candidates aggressively went after each other several times during the 90-minute debate in Byron. And it’s possible Quist, who appears to have some ground to make up before Nov. 6, will be looking to crank up the volume even more on Tuesday.

Sponsored by Debate Minnesota and moderated by Gary Eichten, the Walz-Quist forum is in Ostrander Auditorium in MSU’s student union. It’s free and open to the public, and previous 1st District debates in Mankato have drawn large crowds.

Sponsored by The Prince of Darkness (OK, we’re just speculating there), the Manson-Zombie concert will cost $45 for general admission tickets purchased on Tuesday. The doors to the civic center open at 6 p.m.

Third debate dropped

Quist probably wishes there was one other similarity between the 1st District debate schedule and the “Twins of Evil Tour.” Zombie and Manson are teaming up 38 nights. Quist gets only three one-on-one face-offs with the incumbent he’s hoping to topple.

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