In its ongoing campaign of smears and violence, the militant left in Minnesota just sunk to a new low. Republican Party Chairman Pat Shortridge and Vice-Chair Kelly Fenton issued this statement expressing their disgust with the left’s despicable tactics:
“Today is a sad day in Minnesota, with malicious, hate-filled attacks threatening physical violence against Rep. Franson and her three children.
“This might be the kind of Chicago-style politics that has, unfortunately, infected too many corners of public life, but it sure isn’t the Minnesota way.
“During a week when we’ve had a national discussion about the nature and tone of our national political debate, this shameful episode demonstrates that a segment of the left isn’t actually interested in elevating the tone of our dialogue, but in waging political warfare against political opponents.
“As parents, we could not imagine receiving these horrific emails at our homes, where our children live. The irresponsible campaign unleashed by partisan Democrats and groups like the Alliance for a Better Minnesota has led to a threatening situation for Representative Franson and her family.
“Threats of sexual assault and physical violence against an elected Representative and her children isn’t free speech and it isn’t just wrong, it’s criminal, and if the cowards can be identified, they should be punished.
“Regardless of our beliefs, regardless of our differences, we have to treat one another with respect and basic decency. We hope Minority Leader Thissen and Governor Dayton will denounce these vile attacks, call Representative Franson to offer support, and help restore some degree of civility to our public debate.”
Rep. Franson has been targeted by the SEIU and AFSCME because she spoke out against SEIU and AFSCME when they tried forcing unionization down child care providers’ throats. Rep. Franson spoke up because, in her opinion, small businesses shouldn’t be considered government employees.
Rep. Franson’s courage was rewarded with death threats and the vilest insults imaginable. The left has made up things about Rep. Franson, too.
Unfortunately, the tactics employed by these hate groups isn’t surprising. Last year, a liberal blogger made some unsubstantiated statements about Rep. Franson. As a direct result of those statements, Rep. Franson’s daughter was taunted and bullied:
Then there is the point that Rep. Franson’s daughter was being bullied as a direct result of [what Austin wrote]. His only response was to accuse Rep. Franson of being directly responsible for the bullying of gay teens.
What’s worst about this episode is that the liberal blogger who smeared Rep. Franson is a high school social studies teacher.
Last May, the DFL’s gay rights activists spat on Rep. Rod Hamilton while he walked the hallway back to his office after the Marriage Amendment debate. Now DFL activists are pusing a different state legislator to the brink with death threats and physical mutilation.
Gov. Dayton’s hands aren’t clean on this, either. The Alliance for a Better Minnesota is funded by his first ex-wife and the public employee unions. They’re the organization who focused the spotlight on Rep. Franson.
If Gov. Dayton doesn’t utterly condemn the DFL’s Alinskyite tactics, he’ll effectively be condoning their bullying of a state legislator. That isn’t acceptable.