Mary Franson on Facebook accusation she drove drunk: "It's disgusting"

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"I don't have anything to explain," Franson told City Pages.
Last Friday, Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, went out with some friends to Rudy's Redeye Grill in Alexandria for drinks and karaoke.

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Franson says she had two drinks in three hours and was more than sober enough to drive herself home. But as she prepared to exit the bar and restaurant, something strange happened -- one of the employees began "interrogating" her about how she was going to get home and then began "laughing at [her] hysterically," according to Franson.

It seemed to Franson that she was being ridiculed, and as she left she had a strange premonition that employees might call the cops as part of an effort to "harass" her.

On her way home, she says she was followed by a cop for a bit, but wasn't pulled over. And that was that.

Or so she thought. The next day, this post, written by an employee at Rudy's, surfaced on Facebook:

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The post was 'liked' by Serena Lehman, the employee who "interrogated" Franson on her way out. So essentially, here were two employees accusing a state legislator of driving drunk from their bar.

We called Franson yesterday to hear what she had to say about the allegation. Our first conversation was very brief, with Franson simply telling us to call Brad, the Redeye's bar manager, to get his take on what happened. (Brad did not return phone calls requesting comment.)

"I went there yesterday, and the manager is very upset about the whole thing," Franson said. 

But seconds after our brief exchange, Franson called back and opened a vein. She called the accusations "disgusting" and "unfounded" and says that those who made them "should be ashamed."

When the Facebook post surfaced, "people who were there [with me Friday night] were in shock," Franson said. "They know that's not my character."

Franson, who has two previous convictions for careless driving, admits that she's "a horrible driver." But when she was a girl, her family was devastated by an accident involving a drunk driver, so she says she would never get behind the wheel while intoxicated.

She characterized the Facebook post and responses to it -- including a since-deleted blog post by the Minnesota Progressive Project's Eric Pusey entitled "People are saying horrible things about Mary Franson on Facebook" -- as an attempt to "victimize a single female who chooses to have a social life."

She pointed out that the worker behind the post is Facebook friends with a Democratic activist in northwest Minnesota. The bar worker and her Democratic-activist friend "tried to make this into a political issue," Franson said, adding that it might cost the Redeye employees their jobs. "What do you think their chances of finding another job in the hospitality industry are?"

As for the allegation that she "macked on someone else's man all night," Franson said she can only laugh about it.

"I was there with my campaign treasurer and his girl friend -- not his girlfriend, but his girl friend -- and another friend of his," she said, adding that she made a point to be on her best behavior because, "there were a lot of constituents there."

Franson, a first-term legislator whose gaffe-filled year began with an infamous comparison of food stamp recipients and wild animals, characterized the interest surrounding the Facebook post as part of a "ridiculous witch hunt."

"You should recognize that this is part of a smear campaign," she said. "Are you also going to write about which songs I sang off-key on?"

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MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

You can tell the Republicans are lying on here because they have 10 witnesses to Mary's behaviour but none of them will give their names.  The workers signed their names to what they saw, they are brave.  You all are cowards.

jakemenkus
jakemenkus

I think its fairly obvious that the truth lies somewhere in the middle with this one.

glaw2012
glaw2012

In regards to the article, I was at Rudy’s that night and by all means Mary was not drunk. She also was not hitting on anyone. I enjoy going to Rudy’s, but after reading this article I have no desire to give my money to people that treat their customers in that manner. They had no right to falsely accuse Mary of being drunk. If the employees were trying to tarnish Mary’s reputation they failed miserably. Mary continues to do the right thing and in the long run that is what matters. So for those of you who are trying to bash her it won’t work it will only make her a stronger person/representative.

jinxmchue
jinxmchue

I would now like to engage is some karaoke of my own in honor of "GoodLuckFranson."

 

Heard it from a friend who

Heard it from a friend who

Heard it from another you been messin' around

 

They say you got a boy friend

You're out late every weekend

They're talkin' about you and it's bringin' me down

But I know the neighborhood

And talk is cheap when the story is good

And the tales grow taller on down the line

But I'm telling you, babe

That I don't think it's true, babe

And even if it is keep this in mind

 

You take it on the run baby

If that's the way you want it baby

Then I don't want you around

I don't believe it

Not for a minute

You're under the gun so you take it on the run

You're thinking up your white lies

You're putting on your bedroom eyes

You say you're coming home but you won't say when

But I can feel it coming

If you leave tonight keep running

And you need never look back again

 

Heard it from a friend who

Heard it from a friend who

Heard it from another you been messin' around

jinxmchue
jinxmchue

 @MicheleBachmann They signed their names only because they were stupid enough to think that they wouldn't get caught. I bet if push comes to shove, you'll find that the people who are defending Rep. Franson will be more than willing to sign their names to official documents, not some internet posts.

ChrisKluwe
ChrisKluwe

 @MicheleBachmann And now that the workers have signed their names, they are now subject to a slander lawsuit, dip-fuck!!

jinxmchue
jinxmchue

 @jakemenkus Hardly. Rep. Franson has been the target of a campaign of hateful lies for months and months.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @glaw2012 Hey liar.  The workers at the bar signed their names.  Why don't you sign your real name if you are a truth teller?    Every pro Franson witness on here is a coward liar that won't sign their names.  Prove you were at the bar otherwise you are a coward liar. 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @jinxmchue Mary Franson was so drunk it go spread all over facebook so she dispatches her lying trolls to lie about being at the bar that night but mysteriously they won't sign their names.  The workers signed their names but you cowards won't.  They have something to lose even if they are telling the truth.  You have nothing to lose yet you won't sign your real names.  Franson is a liar and you idiots help prove it.   Give an interview to Rupar about how much you saw her drink.  Give him your name so he can investigate how credible you are as witnesses.  Otherwise you are just lying trolls. 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @jinxmchue Whatever you fucking liars.  If you idiots were telling the truth you sign your names.  Fucking trolls.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @ChrisKluwe keny, you are a pathetic piece of racist shit.  Scum like you are so pathetic.  Lucky for us no one listens to a loser piece of shit like you.   Obama will easily win because people realize racist pieces of shit like you aren't worth listening to.   Dumb fuck.   P.S.  Your sexist taunts prove you haven't been with a woman in 20 years you loser.  The fact you call me fat so fast proves you are a fat pathetic waste of humanity.   Have fun dying alone of a heart attack you racist piece of shit.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @jinxmchue  @jakemenkus Franson is a hateful liar.   If she wants the benefit of the doubt maybe she shouldn't be a lying piece of shit who compares people on welfare to animals. 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @jinxmchue I'm just pointing out what a phony douche you are.  You claim to be this Christian manly man which gives you superiority over liberals but you are just a phony pathetic bigot using religion to say mean things to people. 

jinxmchue
jinxmchue

 @MicheleBachmann Stop ripping Bible verses (it's "Matthew," not "Mathew" as you've laughably typed four times now) out of context and produce legal charges against Rep. Franson or shut up.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @jinxmchue How Christlike you are you fucking phony.  Is that what Christ teaches?  Fighting, lying, and insults?   You are pathetic. You prove your God is a false God.  You can't even live by the basic tenants of your religion.  You love quoting Bilbe verses asshole phony, how about this one?   How about Mathew 19:21 you phony?    Please explain why a phony like you gets to quote the Bible but doesn't live by Mathew 19:21 you fucking phony.   A phony like you hides behind Jesus and the Bible so you can pretend you have a reason to be a bigot. 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @jinxmchue You are mad you troll loser.  You know your favorite little Tea Party idiot is nothing but a phony.  She is a drunk liar and will lose her election thanks to idiots like you.  You are a giant phony too so no wonder you like her.   Your stupid blog is nothing but whining and complaining while you give advice about being manly.  Men don't whine in blogs all day loser.  Your blog is nothing but pathetic loserness.  Like all Republicans you are just a big Christian phony.  You act like a total asshole online and in life while hiding behind the Bible when you want to be a bigot.   If you are such a Christian how about getting off your fat ass and helping poor people today.  Do you think Jesus would spend his life commenting on the internet loser?  Or would he be out doing nice things for strangers?   Fucking phony. 

jinxmchue
jinxmchue

 @MicheleBachmann I'm not mad.  I'm laughing at you and your "witnesses."  If they are witnesses, then produce legal charges against Rep. Franson.  You won't because you know your witnesses are lying and that is what is making you so mad that you resort to swearing and name-calling.  Produce the legal charges and you will get your witnesses.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @jinxmchue Oh it makes you so mad to know she is a drunk driving hypocrite.  So far my side has two witnesses nitwit.  Your side has zero.  Produce a witness or shut the fuck up.  

jinxmchue
jinxmchue

 @MicheleBachmann We'll sign our names when you produce court papers instead of bloviating nonsense on the internet. Put your money where your mouth is or shut up.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @jinxmchue Because like all Bible quoting pussies you are nothing but a liar and a phony.  At least now you know it.  Jesus didn't sit around his fat ass bitching about how mean people are to awful liar politicians like Franson.  You suck as a person. 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @jinxmchue Blah blah blah blah excuse making liar.   You are a phony who makes excuses.  Hide behind your Bible and pretend its ok you are an insulting lying asshole phony.

jinxmchue
jinxmchue

 @MicheleBachmann *yawn* You don't know the Bible as well as you pretend you do.  You don't even know the context of Matthew 19:21. You have no clue that it's not a universal commandment. Why didn't Jesus tell the royal official, who was undoubtedly very rich, whose son was dying to give up all his money?  Why didn't Jesus tell Nicodemus, a rich member of the Jewish leadership, to do the same?  You know nothing.  Stop pretending like you do based on one verse that you have ripped out of context.  You are a fool. Your vulgar, obtuse bloviating means nothing to me because it's nothing but lie upon lie upon lie.  It is only worthy of ridicule and scorn.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @jinxmchue Such a phony.  Dodge the question.  Go hide behind you Bible.  No wonder you tolerate such an evil liar like Franson.  You have zero credibility just like Franson cause you are a lying loser who claims he is a Christian while acting like the biggest asshole in the world.  Read a Bible once in your life you awful phony dick.  Next time you dare quote a Bible verse I hope you remember what a phony dickhead you are for not living by Matthew 19:21.  Jesus didn't ever bash gays you phony liar but he did say give away your money.   Your faith is a meaningless joke since you only use it to bash others. 

jinxmchue
jinxmchue

 @MicheleBachmann Stop ripping Bible verses (it's "Matthew," fool) out of context and produce charges against Rep. Franson or shut up.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @jinxmchue The quote says give them away you fucking phony.  Devote your life to Christ.  You will get rewards in heaven.  It's a show of faith.  You have no faith because you cling to your wealth, its more important to you than faith.  Look at what a lying little weasel you are.  Finding every little twist you can to make sure you don't have to give away your money and live your life doing Christ's work which is caring for the poor and forgotten.  You are just a fat bigot loser that wants to hate gay people while never doing anything nice for anyone else.  You are a fraud and a phony and prove your faith is nothing but a fraud.  Phony fake Christian.  When was the last time you fed the homeless you fat phony? 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @jinxmchue Bible thumper how come you don't live by Mathew 19:21 you fucking Bible quoting phony.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @jinxmchue She's a liar and a bully and will be found out.  All the Tea Party is phony, that's why you had so many scandals.   Christian idiots like you aren't smart enough to spot scumbags.   Mary Franson is a scumbag, that's why she compared poor people to animals.  Scumbags drive drunk.  It will end poorly for scumbag Mary.  If she was a nice person people would say nice things about her.  Lots of Republican women don't face this.  Where there is smoke there is fire.  You are too stupid to see it.

jinxmchue
jinxmchue

 @MicheleBachmann They will get fired because they lied.  Period.  It's got nothing to do with bullying and everything to do with facts and the truth.  Franson has already called the bar owner.  Your two lying "witnesses" will never sign their names to any legal documents about the events because they know they are lying and don't want to face more severe criminal charges.  Put up or shut up.  Legal charges or shut up.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @jinxmchue Those workers might get fired and you Republicans will be really proud you fired poor people who were brave enough to stand up to a powerful bully when she drove drunk.  Franson will never do anything to those girls because she would have to testify under oath she wasn't drunk and has never driven drunk in her life.  She will know it isn't true and not dare putting herself under a perjury charge. 

jinxmchue
jinxmchue

 @MicheleBachmann Those workers signed their names and will soon be out of their jobs (and maybe face worse consequences) because of it.  Lies have consequences.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @jinxmchue You pretend like that's a differance you stupid troll piece of shit.  Get the fuck back to your lame lying blog.  Franson is an offensive lying drunk driving loser.   Only other losers defend her.  She could have murdered children with her drunk driving.  You are a monster to defend her.    None of your witnesses will sign their name.  You pretend she has done nothing wrong but you have no proof nor do you offer any.   Those workers signed their names.  Sign your real name you piece of shit.    Otherwise shut the fuck up.    No one cares that some Republican troll is defending a Republican criminal like Franson. 

jinxmchue
jinxmchue

 @MicheleBachmann  The only liars are the people who can't address Rep. Franson's record, so they fabricate stories like this drunk driving crap and claiming she called people animals.  Clue to the clueless: she wasn't comparing welfare recipients to animals.  She was comparing the government's treatment of welfare recipients to how it treats animals.

jinxmchue
jinxmchue

 @MicheleBachmann Stop ripping Bible verses out of context and produces charges against Rep. Franson or shut up.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @jinxmchue You are a liar, you claim you are a Christian.  You quote Bible verses constantly yet all you do is fight, insult and hate.  You are a terrible person.  Since you like Bible verses so much why don't you live by Mathew 19:21 you phony piece of shit.

jinxmchue
jinxmchue

 @MicheleBachmann You are a rotten liar.  The proof is in your posts.  You didn't say you simply believed these two liars.  You have claimed flat-out without equivocation that Franson was absolutely guilty of drunk driving.  Why don't your lying heroes come forward with actual legal charges?  Don't they want to get the person they claimed is a drunk driver off the streets?  Don't they care about the safety of the community?  Why won't your witlesses (not a typo) file charges?

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @jinxmchue I'm not claiming anything.  I'm saying I believe witnesses that sign their names.  Mary Franson is a known and public liar.   These witnesses are not.  Why hasn't Mary produced a witness?   Why don't these Republican heroes in the comment section come forward?   Because they are lying and she was drunk.   If she wasn't drunk then a neutral party would say so.  Those girls might lose their jobs but they risked it to tell the truth.  Why won't your witnesses give their names?   Because you have no witnesses liar. 

jinxmchue
jinxmchue

 @MicheleBachmann Yes, you actually are claiming something.  You keep claiming it.  You won't stop claiming it even in the face of facts.  These women will lose their jobs because of their lies and you still continue to claim it.  Produce actual legal charges or shut up.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @jinxmchue I don't need to give my name stupid.  I'm not the one claiming anything.  I deal strictly in facts liar.  The fact is Mary Franson is a selfish liar.   Employees who signed their names claim she was a drunk embarrassment.  So far the only person who will give their name and disagree is evil bigot liar Mary Franson.  Why won't these liars who claim they were there with Mary give their names?   Or interview with Rupar?   The reason is they are obviously lying.  They weren't at the bar.  They don't have any proof.  Prodcuce a witness or shut the fuck up.

jinxmchue
jinxmchue

 @MicheleBachmann Your hypocrisy is pathetic. You are the one accusing Rep. Franson of a felony, so why don't YOU give YOUR name?  Here's why: because you know it's a defamatory lie and you don't want to be faced with a lawsuit.  All your anger and swearing and hate are only a cover for that fact.  Facts are not your friend.  Fact: Franson had 2 drinks in 3 hours, which would have barely (if even) registered on a breathalyzer.  Fact: a law enforcement vehicle followed Franson after she left the bar and did not pull her over because she was obviously not impaired.  Fact: if push comes to shove and Franson is actually charged with a crime, you will find people "signing their names" in her defense when it actually matters.  Fact: she won't be charged with a crime because you cannot back up your lies with anything other than the internet gossip of two incompetent fools.  Fact: you cannot argue facts, so you resort to bloviating nonsense to distract from the facts.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @jinxmchue None will give their name you liar.  Must make you so upset seeing another asshole Tea Party loser revealed as a drunk driver.   Franson is going down and all the lies you tell won't do a thing about it.  You Republican racist pieces of shit are why Obama will easily win again.   Fucking have fun drinking with Franson when she loses, drunk driving murdering liar that she is.  

CityPagesSucks
CityPagesSucks

 @jinxmchue It shouldn't resort to this type of behavior. WOW - if Franson was driving drunk then the cop would have pulled her over. He/She must have realized that it was a made up story once he/she followed her. If I was the cop, I would be upset that my time was wasted.

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