Rep. Mary Franson's yard signs vandalized with "Don't feed the animals" message [PHOTO]

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A Franson supporter said the vandals were responsible for "several hundred" dollars of damage.
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Last winter, Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, created quite a stir when she compared Minnesota's food stamp recipients to wild animals.

She quickly apologized for the remark, but it turned out her contriteness was less than sincere -- during a speech last month, she defended the comparison, telling a Tea Party rally, "We have to get backbones, you guys." Now, after a number of her yard signs were defaced with a spray paint "Don't feed the animals" message in Alexandria on Friday night, she's trying to use the controversial remark to fill her campaign coffers.

Franson broke the news of the sign defacing Saturday on her Facebook page:

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Franson doesn't seem to have any proof that the vandals were indeed lefties -- after all, she has significant beef with her own party's leadership, so the notion a conservative or (gasp!) even someone associated with her campaign might've been the "Don't feed the animals" mastermind shouldn't be summarily dismissed -- but the embattled first-term legislator won't let lack of evidence get in the way of painting her political opponents with broad brushstrokes:

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The Alexandria district Franson represents is reliably Republican, yet she faces a stiff challenge this November from DFL-endorsed public school teacher Bob Cunniff. According to Minnesota politics blog Bluestem Prairie, as of early this month, Cunniff had outraised Franson, and the cash-strapped MNGOP recently took the unusual step of spending $3,000 to conduct polling in Franson's district.

So who do Alexandria voters sympathize with, the food stamp recipients Franson believes are comparable to wild animals, or Franson herself? Since Franson's district is one of the poorest in the state, you'd think they'd side with the former, but one doesn't need to be a political scientist to understand that voters often cast ballots in contradiction with their self-interest.


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jinxmchue
jinxmchue

"Franson doesn't seem to have any proof that the vandals were indeed lefties -- after all, she has significant beef with her own party's leadership, so the notion a conservative or (gasp!) even someone associated with her campaign might've been the "Don't feed the animals" mastermind shouldn't be summarily dismissed"

 

Wow.  Utterly pathetic that you stooped to that level.  Sorry, but the simplest explanation tends to be the truth.  It is disgusting that you would try to distance yourselves from this act of vandalism with a lame attempt to blame the other side.  This was an act of someone from YOUR side and your non-condemnation of it, the lack of calls for the cessation of such acts, and your avoidance of urging the person responsible to turn themselves in is appalling, but not surprising.  Just admit what we all know: that you laughed at and wholeheartedly support this act of vandalism.

A1batross
A1batross

The Right loves nothing better than to be the victim.

keny1
keny1

And BTW, Mary Franson is hot.  Aaron Libtard Rupar is just jealous because he could never have a chance at that piece of ass.  LOL!!  Libtard with a small wee-wee.  Typical Libtard!!

keny1
keny1

What is the big deal?  Welfare recipients are animals.  The only thing they know how to do is fuck and produce welfare babies.  They contribute nothing to society.  And when they move here from Chicago (after their welfare benefits ran out there), they come to Minnesota to get on the Welfare dole and bring their ghetto thug boyfriends with them who commit crimes.  Are these they type of people you want living in Minnesota?  Seriously?  Liberalism is a disease.  A disease that is slowly, but surely destroying Minnesota.  Keep on voting DFL.  It will come to bite you in the ass someday.  Someday.

Ole Ole Olson
Ole Ole Olson

Photo evidence of who was really behind this: https://plus.google.com/u/0/111051039748078110427/posts/FNzf6w14kUb She and her followers immediately blamed the left, liberals, union goons, and supporters of her opponent Bob Cunniff for this. Without a shred of evidence of course, just trying to use this as a political issue, get sympathy, and try to press for more campaign donations. Bob Cunniff didn't complain at all when his signs began mysteriously vanishing this summer.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

Yawn.  Whiny "look at me" right-wing crybaby cries and whines.  Yawn.  This is somebody who says what she means, and then when people are rightfully appalled whines and cries about it.  She gets into a messy sexual relationship (out of wedlock) and when her public actions regarding it become public, she cries and whines.  Now some a-hole vandalizes her signs, and what does she do?  Take 3 guesses.  Of course, thanks a ton to whatever jackass stooped to her level and "fed the troll" by giving her yet another excuse to play the victim and, yes, whine and cry.

 

Boring.  Please, can we vote this dreadful person out of office?  Along with Dean, Hoffman, Koch, Parry, and the ever-growing list of horrible, sociopathic, self-pitying professional victims who just won't stop living awful lives in public, shoving their fears and bigotries down our throats, and whining and crying all the time?

 

Remember when Republicans had some personal dignity?  Can we have some of them back, or have they all been chased out of the party by the kind of people who thought Michael Brodkorb was something other than the venomous reptile he so obviously is?

novenator
novenator

https://plus.google.com/u/0/111051039748078110427/posts/FNzf6w14kUb?hl=enLet me start off by saying that vandalism or destruction of property is wrong. Whoever defaced one (or two?) yard signs of MN State Rep. Mary Franson is in the wrong and should be punished. Actions like this do nothing but damage what should be a respectful exchange of ideas in a political campaign. Likewise, those who have stolen yard signs of her opponent Bob Cunniff are in the wrong, need to stop, and should face punishment. That being said, the sentiment it is not surprising considering Mary Franson has angered so many people with her insulting comments about people on food stamps and wild animals. There are over 3000 people in her home county that are on food stamps in this #GreatRecession , and nobody wants to be on assistance, but there just aren't enough jobs, much less good paying jobs these days, and taking a little temporary help is a better option than starving for these folks. The video of this can be seen here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/06/mary-franson-minnesota-food-stamp-recipients-wild-animals_n_1322366.html and Franson later mentioned it again at a Tea Party on this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46ew-9hPu2w&feature=youtu.be Some of her other vitriolic statements that have stirred up a hornets nest of controversy include when she referred to #EarthDay as a "pagan" holiday, scolded a parade watcher for complaining about her kids hogging a bunch of candy, complained about House Ethics laws, and called trains a tool of "collectivists". Citations: http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2012/04/rep_mary_franson_infuriated_by_earth_day_calls_it_pagan_holiday.php http://www.mnprogressiveproject.com/diary/11859/mary-franson-is-a-bigot-faux-christian-and-otherwise-terrible-person http://www.bluestemprairie.com/bluestemprairie/2012/03/ms-information-on-the-gift-ban-or-did-mary-franson-really-say-that-about-house-ethics-rules.html http://www.mnprogressiveproject.com/diary/11403/mary-franson-is-a-moron

 

Mary Franson and her followers were very quick to jump the gun and accuse "the left, union thugs, liberals, _facists_", etc. for her sign defacements. when there is no evidence to support that wild claim. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151067021410678&set=a.10151063594090678.419453.236264430677&type=1 There are people from the left, right, and middle on food stamps.  I forgot to mention, when the NorthStar Project revealed that the "small government, anti-collectivist" Mary Franson was exposed having the second highest total compensation package of all freshman legislators in Minnesota, she and her followers freaked out. During an exchange on Facebook, she called me: 1. racist 2. paranoid 3. on medication 4. hate filled 5. a liar http://www.bluestemprairie.com/bluestemprairie/2012/08/north-star-project-mary-franson-supporters-flame-each-other-on-since-deleted-facebook-post.html

KOtz
KOtz

Huh. Why is she whining about "tolerance?" GOPers don't believe in tolerance, they make fun of DFLers for even suggesting it. So, someone can't tolerate her, anti-tolerance is her own party's message... I don't see why she has a problem with that.

qbawb1
qbawb1

Maybe it was one of her supporters just trying to clarify her message!

fauxbo
fauxbo

I'm guessing she spray painted them herself so she could cry "Oh, oh look

what the animals have done to me.  Please send money right away."

Cory Walker
Cory Walker

Her heart is so dark, what a waste of air...

Cory Walker
Cory Walker

Her heart is so dark, what a waste of air...

Jonathon Richter
Jonathon Richter

She's trying to turn a reaction towards her idiotic comment into a rally cry to get her back into office? *facepalm*

jinxmchue
jinxmchue

 @novenator It is utterly pathetic that you are trying to drum up your readership by posting that.

jinxmchue
jinxmchue

 @KOtz Because your side is the party of self-proclaimed "tolerance."  No surprise that you don't practice what you preach.

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

 @KOtz So you "tolerate" her?  You must be one of those mean and nasty GOP you speak of... 

 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @qbawb1 I'm by far the biggest asshole liberal on here and I would never deface signs like this.  Republicans got mad at the jokes and insults I use so instead of giving it back or beating me with logic one of those Republicans assholes stole my id and got me banned.  They are all childish and mean.  Stories like this are just Republican whining. 

jinxmchue
jinxmchue

 @fauxbo Ah, yes.  Any excuse no matter how lame to avoid admitting that someone from your side is responsible for this.  

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @fauxbo Republicans constantly lie, especially a scumbag like Franson.  I wouldn't put it past her.   Republicans love to play the victim.  Remember their lying bullshit with Biden and the "put you in chains remark?"    They stopped lying about being outraged when it was revealed Paul Ryan uses that imagery all the time.    They are all liars and scum that will do anything to win.  Why do you think they are trying to pass the racist, unncessary, anti-voting voter id bullshit? 

jinxmchue
jinxmchue

 @novenator Uh-huh.  Right.  Sure.  You'll say "it's wrong" in one breath, but you'll make jokes about the incident and laugh at it in the next because you actually support it.

 

By the way, how many sockpuppet accounts do you have "novenator"/"Ole Ole Olson"?

jinxmchue
jinxmchue

 @MicheleBachmann  I'll remember your comments if, say, Obama's or Keith Ellison's signs get defaced.  You'll undoubtedly cry  "racism" and I will laugh and say you're just whining.

jinxmchue
jinxmchue

 @MicheleBachmann  You seem to be suffering from extreme projection.  We haven't given up on "Brainless" Joe Biden's "chains" remark because no one on our side, much less Paul Ryan,  makes such comments and gets away with it like Biden did.  Liberal politicians are the liars and scum who will do anything to win, including blocking voter ID.

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

 @MicheleBachmann  @fauxbo   Have you not moved into the digital media age yet?  You like a broken record reciting talking points over and over again. 

Can someone kick that thing or simple pull the plug?

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