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Minnesota Lawmaker Refuses to meet with a student group because they are Democrats


Rep. Mary Franson (R) shut down the Alexandria Area High School (AAHS) Democrats after the group reached out to her on Twitter on Friday and said, “We’ve made some calls to your office, and haven’t recieved [sic] a response, but as politically active, community centered students we’d love to have a meeting with you soon to address our concerns, and have a respectful productive talk.”


“I don’t meet with partisan groups in my office — besides, isn’t your group actively campaigning against me?” she wrote, before suggesting that the group should seek a meeting with a local state senator, Bill Ingebrigtsen (R). (The founder of AAHS Democrats, Jack Ballou, told ThinkProgress he’s in fact met with Ingebrigtsen through his role in another student organization.)


AAHS Dems responded by pointing out that “[j]ust because we are of different parties doesn’t mean we shouldn’t meet and talk our our differences. We actually think that’s necessary, regardless of what campaign some of our members are on! We are constituents who have concerns.”

Franson replied with a curt dismissal.

“AAHS Dems is a partisan group,” she wrote. “Thanks for playing.”

Franson came under such intense criticism for her brusque interaction with the student group that she locked down her official legislative Twitter account for a period of time over the weekend. On Monday morning, she responded to the uproar by tweeteing that “[t]here’s more to the story than meets the eye,” but added that she’s not at liberty to talk about it because “it would appear to be bullying AND THEY ARE MINORS.”

My comment on FB:

I would put down my thoughts on her behavior,

but it would appear bullying


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