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Posted: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 12:00 am

Minutes before the state DFL was scheduled to hold a press conference criticizing him, state Senate District 26 GOP candidate Mike Parry issued a press release apologizing for several tweets he had written in past weeks.

Here is Parry's statement:

"I sincerely apologize for past tweets which were written in haste and out of the frustration I felt for the out of control spending in Washington. Given the fragile state of our economy and the kind of out of control and wasteful spending we're seeing from Democrats, the people of Senate District 26 must have an election about the future. While volunteers in my campaign removed several tweets without my knowledge, I take full responsibility for all mistakes in my past tweets. I will never stop fighting to make the lives of all Minnesotans better."

Bloggers at the Minnesota Progressive Project contend that Parry’s past posts were controversial. As proof, they posted screenshots of two posts that have allegedly been removed from Parry’s Twitter feed.

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The first appears to be dated May 6. In it Parry allegedly writes, “what’s with Dems and Pedophiles?”

The bloggers contend that Parry was referencing the Matthew Shepard Act, legislation that is meant to beef up protections for hate crime victims targeted because of their sexual orientation. The act became law in October. It is named for Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old college student who was brutally murdered in Wyoming in 1998.

In another instance, Parry wrote, “read the exclusive on Mr O in Newsweek. He is a Power Hungry Arrogant Black Man.”

The MPP has posted a screen shot of Parry's Twitter account with the entries.

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