Rep. Mary Franson got restraining order against McLeod County GOP chair Eric Harpel

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Rep. Mary Franson's politically connected ex-boyfriend allegedly threatened her
Rep. Mary Franson took out a restraining order against McLeod County Republican Party Chair Eric Harpel after he "stalked" her, made threats, and sent "lewd" emails, according to a petition filed in Douglas County. The paperwork, filed May 10, names Harpel as Franson's ex-boyfriend.

On May 2, Franson claims, Harpel arrived uninvited to her St. Paul apartment. He wanted her to meet at Senor Wong's next door, but she declined without a "chaperone." Harpel asked to go upstairs to pick up dishes they'd purchased together from Ikea, but she refused.

"I asked him when I could get my belongings and he said he wanted my panties in exchange," Franson told the court. "I told him he was a pervert and to get out -- he left."

Reached for comment, Franson declined to discuss the situation. Harpel, who describes himself as a "Loving Dad of 3, Brother, and Friend" on Twitter, did not return several voicemails seeking an interview.

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In her petition for a restraining order, Franson accuses Harpel of stalking. Franson claims Harpel said he has "ears on the ground" who spied on her, "and has proven it" by texting her about events she attended without him.

"He stalks me online," Franson claimed, and "accuses me of all kinds of lewd behavior over email."

According to Franson, Harpel even contacted a "local business owner" to accuse him of being involved with Franson because the two "had been texting."

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Eric Harpel wanted Rep. Mary Franson's "panties," according to a restraining order petition
Since that time, "[Harpel] insists this business owner APOLOGIZE to him via email AND phone call for being 'emotionally' involved with me," Franson claims.

In the request for the restraining order, Franson includes numerous emails and text messages documenting the alleged harassment by Harpel.

"If you'd taken just a fraction of my smarts and advice you'd be in a way better position then you are now in a lot of areas in your life," Harpel texted this past April. "You choose not to and you'll have [to] swallow that pill if things don't go your way. I'm pretty darn smart in some areas and your [sic] not. You could've used me, but you wandered."

The couple broke up in January, according to the complaint. An email Harpel sent her in April traces the dissolution to the rise of Franson's political career.

"You were manageable until you started getting letters and emails that started with the word 'honorable,'" Harpel wrote in one text message.

He accuses her of blowing him off on "swearing in day" when she was walking with her 14-year-old daughter Helena.

"You were walking with Helena when I finally caught up to you and when you first saw me you kept walking turned your head back and gave me a nod," Harpel complains. "Yep your lover a head nod! Was expecting a hug maybe even a kiss, AND to be introduced to your HS friends. No hug, no kiss, and I introduced myself to your friends! Wasn't happy about that one bit!"

Franson told police she was "completely frightened" because Harpel is "so jealous that he may end up harming me." Franson also said Harpel was "attempting to ruin my reputation my slandering my name -- doing whisper campaigns -- he is intimidating."

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"I believe if this behavior continues that he will kill me out of jealous/rage," Franson writes. "if he can't have me -- no one will."

City Pages sent an email to the McLeod County Republican Party asking if the party was aware of the situation, but received no response.

Check out the full petition for a restraining order on the next page.


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27 comments
tktankersley
tktankersley

There are 2 sides to every story. This is nothing more than a painful break-up story. All of us single adults know that. One person ends the relationship, the other doesn't want it to end and tries to win the other one back, etc. and I'm sure there is a ton of stuff we don't know. This is all just an effort to oust Mary Franson, and she may be her own worst enemy.

outraged
outraged

Every REAL victim of domestic abuse should be outraged by Franson's abuse of this protection law. The only protection needed here is our state from her on a platform.

CentrlMN
CentrlMN

They are both crazy but this guy is a freak, let's be honest who text messages your 14 y.o daughter your about your mom saying her life is over and I'm going to ruin it for you. And he is some leader of the GOP in Glencoe? Glad to see we have the "good and right" people working for us normal people. I can't believe I even read this article.

Steven Appelget
Steven Appelget

It seems odd that Douglas Co. Court Admin faxed this out yesterday.

AAA098
AAA098

 A lot of self righteous individuals commenting on this nonsense story. No where does it say that she was co-habituating. The apt is her St. Paul apt - Kellogg Square is a popular place where many rural legislators stay during session. (It is attached to Senior Wong's)

Has she made mistakes - yes. Does she deserve the treatment that City Pages and commentators like those below are giving her? No. Many women go through abuse - many women are afraid to come forward and this is one of the reasons why they don't.

Mr. Harpel has deleted his twitter account. Mr. Harpel is also "friends" with her opponent on facebook....also "likes" the opponents campaign facebook page. I would be interested in knowing why a woman abuser is "friends" with the opponent and vice versa. I would also be interested in knowing what business is it of the McLeod County REPUBLICAN BPOU Leader to be friends with a DFL Opponent of his ex-girlfriend in DOUGLAS County.

Did you read he was texting her 14 year old daughter???? Doesn't anyone find this disturbing? A 39 year old man texting a 14 year old?

The HRO was filed on May 10th --- who leaked the story to City Pages? What a disgusting thing to do - - -

If it were anyone else - would you even care? This is why HRO's are in place - to protect the person being harassed.

Once an abuser always an abuser ..........

swmnguy
swmnguy

It isn't just a suspicion anymore.  A lot of these people are incapable of living responsible adult lives.  They're stunted in some way, and they pretend to know how adults really live.  They memorize unrealistic, blue-sky ideals, and then repeat them like parrots, screaming them in everyone's faces without any recognition that real adults have to make a lot of compromises in life, and have to acknowledge reality as it really is.

Have you ever seen a sociopath unmasked, in real life?  It's pretty spooky.  At the moment I experienced, all the different people this individual had been conning were all in the same place at the same time, and they all knew they'd been lied to.  This sociopath wouldn't quit.  She kept spinning new story after new story; screaming about being betrayed and set up by everyone; everybody is out to get her; everyone else is really the scheming lying con-artist; there was no end to it until she was completely discredited and everyone just walked away.

It's the same thing with these people.  By their seeming certainty they intimidate people into supporting them; "What, you mean you don't support American Family Values?  What are you, the Canadian Gay Porn Cannibal Murderer?  Is that what you want?  Well then, vote for ME."  Then of course, when it turns out they live in the real world, they can't handle that because to handle situations reasonably requires actual empathy and insight; not just pantomimed, loudly repeated rules and moralistic slogans.  So they keep changing their story until it fits. 

These people attract each other, too.  How did Brodkorb and Koch find each other?  They're both sociopathic hypocrites, for whom anything they could possibly do is justified.  Including mutual adultery.  This Franson character has already shown herself to be a moral cripple, so no wonder she found a bird of a feather to canoodle with, and no wonder it isn't ending well.

Ko
Ko

I'm sorry, but where is her husband and the father of her 3 children? Why is she cavorting with another man? WHAT ABOUT THE SANCTITY OF MARRIAGE????

Her bible says no divorce or else you're a fornicator and must be stoned to death. I want that in the constitution. RIGHT NOW.

Al
Al

The point is, we have as facts in evidence that she wants her brand of Christianity as an almost official religion, and she wants our laws based on her God, and her interpretation of the bible.

The facts we know are that she co-habitated, outside of marriage, with another family man, outside of marriage. While trying to legislate marriage at the same time. The same Bible she uses to condemn homosexuals is the book who says she should be stoned to death for her activity.

If she is a victim now, that is tragic and needs to be dealt with. Those facts will come to light.

The facts of hypocrisy are not in question. Neither of these clowns should have a solid reputation, and that seems well established by their own actions.

webcelt
webcelt

Before convicting anyone in the court of public opinion, these are just charges. We don't know if they're true. Franson strikes me as nutty, but maybe Harpel is crazy too. I've heard, don't know if it's accurate, most violence against women comes from husbands and boyfriends, not strangers, so I find her charges plausible, but that's with knowing nothing but that she's made accusations, knowing nothing of his side. So let's not wreck anybody's reputation yet.

amiller92
amiller92

I am no fan of Franson, but no one deserves to be treated this way.

Al
Al

Yet she wants to impose her morality on us all. In a two tweet Twitter conversation I asked her about imposing her brand of Christianity in the public square.

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@MaryFranson Some day if Christianity is no longer in the majority, what is to stop some other religion from taking over? You set precedent

20 Apr

Mary Franson ‏@MaryFranson

I read the Bible. I know how it all plays out.I wonder which gay marriage ruined her and her boyfriend stalkers marriages.

Joe
Joe

This is how to get ahead as a woman in the GOP.

"Look at me!  I say ridiculous things!  Are you looking?!  HEY!!  LOOK AT ME!!!!!"

Dr. J
Dr. J

I'm really surprised the party of sexist racist homophobes would have so many weird psychopaths in it.  What is this, the 2nd GOP stalker story in 2 years?   Anyone remember when Rep. Tom Hackbarth was arrested outside an abortion clinic with a gun and his excuse was that he was stalking a woman?  Lucky most of the GOP view women as chattel so he didn't have to resign.  

jinxmchue
jinxmchue

You are a sicko.  Too many tragedies start just like this with a man stalking a woman while the police do nothing because no crime is being committed.  She's doing what she has to to protect herself and her children.

Al
Al

I do agree that we need to show Franson as much understanding and compassion as we can, especially because she is such an incredible bully. It has to be very traumatic when a bully is finally on the receiving end of the torment. Maybe if we show her the compassion she has always withheld from others, it will sink in.

Al
Al

 Dude, he was at their place to get his dishes back. The dishes they bought together. If you aren't co-habitating you have a sock drawer and leave a toothbbrush over. You don't buy dishes together unless you are living together. Geeze.

AAA098
AAA098

 What "ears to the ground" was he also talking about? Who did he have spying on her - this is a serious issue people and certainly not a partisan issue.

jinxmchue
jinxmchue

Victims of domestic abuse thank you for finding so much entertainment in this.

jinxmchue
jinxmchue

Why is that any of your business?  And no, the Bible doesn't say "no divorce PERIOD."  You're just showing your ignorance.

jinxmchue
jinxmchue

"The facts we know are that she co-habitated, outside of marriage, with another family man, outside of marriage."

 

Really?  Those are facts?  Prove it.

outraged
outraged

People who make it their life mission to trash anyone who doesn't worship her DOES in fact deserve whatever happens to come her way. And that point aside, if you just look over the past few times her name was in the news recently, you will quickly see that she is accustomed to trying to play victim when the heat get turned back on her.

Eric
Eric

Fuck you.

Al
Al

The "I read the Bible. I know how it all plays out." was her quote. That last sentence was mine and got mushed onto her quote in the previous post. Whoops.

jinxmchue
jinxmchue

It's the Democrats who view women as chattel, particularly at abortion mills.

jinxmchue
jinxmchue

So Obama deserves everything he gets, then?

Dr. J
Dr. J

 Wow, that is truly mentally ill.  I wonder what else her Bible tells her to do.  I was always so curious about idiots that think the Bible is prophetic.  How come Jesus didn't predict anything that actually happened.  He could have proved he is real just by predicting automobiles but its the 4 horsemen who come to end the world.  That is just proof the Bible is nothing more than a book writen by cavemen and not the son of God.   Further proof, pedophilia is not in the 10 commandments.  I would say God sucks if he doesn't think pedophilia is one of the 10 worst things people can do.   Its not like you can say God didn't need to warn people about pedophilia, he is the alpha and the omega, surely he would have known how bad it is.  Oh well all you bigots keep pretending some book written by cavemen is a good reason to hate gay people. 

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