Mike Parry, GOP House Candidate, Stands By Claim That Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton Pops Pills

08/08/2012 03:53 pm ET

A GOP congressional candidate in Minnesota is not backing down from his controversial claim that he spotted the state's Democratic Governor Mark Dayton gulping down more than a dozen pills during a recent breakfast together.

"I was there. I saw it," House hopeful and Minnesota state senator Mike Parry (R-Waseca) told reporters after a candidate forum on Tuesday, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "I saw it. I said it. I was there."

Dayton has disputed Parry's account, saying that while he often takes medicine prescribed for depression, as well as antacids, he does not recall the breakfast meeting or ever taking that many pills at once.

The tiff was sparked after Parry shared the now-disputed anecdote at a fundraiser Monday.

"When you sit across from him and you watch him pop 15 to 16 pills when you're having a meeting, it's scary," Parry said of Dayton. "We all know how scary Obama is. He is at the same level."

At a campaign event Tuesday, Dayton called Parry's accusation "a lie" and "the worst form of gutter politics," according to the Star Tribune.

Dayton also charged Parry with grasping for straws ahead of the Aug. 14 contest for the Republican nomination in Minnesota's 1st district.

"He is six days before a primary that he probably is going to lose," Dayton said.

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