A Democratic candidate for the Minnesota House ended his campaign Sunday, hours after he tweeted that the Islamic State group “isn’t necessarily evil” and its members were doing what they thought was best for their community.
Dan Kimmel, 63, announced the end of his bid for office after his Saturday evening’s tweet was in response to a statement made during a candidate debate, and which he said was not in response to Friday’s violent attacks in Paris. Did he not notice the attack in Paris?
“The tweet was stupid. I’m sorry,” he said in his statement.
House Minority Leader Paul Thissen called for Kimmel to apologize and immediately end his campaign, saying Kimmel’s comment doesn’t reflect the views of the House DFL caucus.
“We all mourn the loss of innocent lives in the horrific attacks on Paris and in other atrocities committed by ISIS around the world,” Thissen said Saturday in a statement. “They are the embodiment of evil, and to state otherwise is an affront to those who’ve lost loved ones at their hands.”
He’s sorry, he didn’t mean it, et cetera.
Kimmel, who works in the technology and operations section at U.S. Bank, was challenging incumbent Drew Christensen, a Republican from Burnsville. Kimmel had lost the seat to Christensen last year.
This shouldn’t be surprising. Our Democrat candidates made it clear on Saturday that are every bit as oblivious. Bernie Sanders thinks climate change is a bigger threat and all three candidates were clueless on how to handle ISIS.