To the editor:
I too witnessed the Eagan July 4th Funfest Parade interaction between U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis and DFL activist, Mark Frascone, which Frascone somehow found “belligerent” in his July 20 letter to the editor. Lewis was nothing but respectful and he gave graciously of his time despite the fact that Frascone raised money for Lewis’ opponent and has campaigned for DFLers since 2012. Frascone didn’t thank Lewis for his time — at least 10 minutes — or for his thoughtful comments. It seemed like he was looking to give Lewis grief and try to provoke a negative reaction. There were a rather large number of people who wished to talk to their congressman and he received more than most. I suppose he was disappointed the congressman remained calm, cool and collected.
It’s sad to see that the DFL has just become “the resistance.” Rather than acknowledge the great things Lewis has done. His votes in favor of the forgotten taxpayer already overburdened with a huge national debt and reform of the failed Obamacare law. His vote in favor of Kate’s Law, named after Kate Steinle, who was killed by a five-time deported illegal alien. He is working to protect families and keep their neighborhoods safe. Still they just shout about a town hall from January onwards.
Lewis enjoyed talking with parade-goers and they often had to pull him away because the parade was moving on and others wanted to talk with him. He was never belligerent or rude to anyone as the writer implies.
In fact, it was the writer of the letter, himself, who not only attempted to harass Lewis before the start of the parade but also came over to the GOP booth after the parade with other state Sen. Jim Carlson supporters to harass and video record him.
If Carlson did not experience the same, it was because Lewis’ supporters don’t run their campaigns by harassing others, and involve themselves in organizations like the Indivisibles who advocate protests and harassment of their opponents. Or maybe Republicans are just better behaved.