GOP State Rep. Faces Backlash After Drawing Parallel Between Food Stamps And Feeding Animals

Mary Franson, a Republican state representative from Minnesota, made some provocative comments last Friday about the food stamp program. In a video that has since been taken down, Franson drew a parallel between food stamps and “feed[ing] the animals.”

In a week-in-review video she posted on YouTube, Franson touched upon several topics, such as the state budget, and went on to mention welfare reform. About two minutes into the video, she read a clip:

“I’ll read you this little funny clip that we got from a friend. It says, ‘Isn’t it ironic that the food stamp program, part of the Department of Agriculture, is pleased to be distributing the greatest amount of food stamps, ever.
Meanwhile, the Park Service, also part of the Department of Agriculture, asks us to please not feed the animals, because the animals may grow dependent and not learn to take care of themselves.”

Following backlash, Franson had the video taken down and said she was sorry if it offended anyone. Nonetheless, The Alliance for a Better Minnesota created a petition to have Franson apologize with a second video. Franson underlined her apology on Twitter and responded to some critics:

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