GOP Lawmaker Refuses To Meet With Students Who Identify As Democrats

“I don’t meet with partisan groups in my office — besides, isn’t your group actively campaigning against me?”

Minnesota state Rep. Mary Franson (R) has come under fire for a terse back-and-forth on Twitter with high school students, a group she refused to meet with because they are Democrats.

[Franson] 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.”

Following the group's request to meet with Franson at her office, the state legislator informed them a meeting would not happen because they are Democrats:

“I don’t meet with partisan groups in my office — besides, isn’t your group actively campaigning against me?”

AAHS Dems responded that they are "constituents with concerns" and believe reaching across party lines is important, but Franson was not sympathetic.

Franson replied with a curt dismissal. “AAHS Dems is a partisan group,” she wrote. “Thanks for playing.”

Friday's Twitter exchange was not the first time Franson found herself at the center of public controversy:

Since first being elected to the Minnesota legislature in 2010, Franson has established a reputation for making offense, outrageous remarks, such as characterizing an anti-bulling bill as “fascism” and an “attack on the bible and conservative Christians.” In March 2012, she compared people who use food stamps to wild animals who are fed by park-goers. The next month, she tweeted that the celebration of Earth Day “absolutely infuriates her,” adding that to her the day is the “celebration of a Pagan holiday, worship of Nature and not God’s Nature.”

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