Al Franken’s A Rude Jerk

Even college kids in Minnesota expect politicians to be “Minnesota Nice”, and Al Franken definitely wasn’t to one Republican senior who was present at a student rally at Carleton College, *earlier this month. CJ, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports:

Franken’s spokesman Andy Barr said via e-mail Tuesday that Al “remembers having a spirited convo w/ College GOPer at the urging of some of the kid’s College Dem pals. Seemed like everyone was having a good time, or as good a time as you can have debating Reaganomics.”

Franken apparently had more fun than senior history major Peter Fritz.

According to Fritz, things started out fine with him taking photos of fellow Carls (that’s what students call themselves) with Franken. Then Franken’s curiosity was raised about why Fritz didn’t want to be in a pic.

He’s a conservative, another Carl yelled out by way of explanation.

At that point, Franken reportedly began peppering Fritz with questions about supporting President George W. Bush and former President Ronald Reagan‘s tax hikes. Fritz told me he got tense and, as he does in those situations, started chewing the inside of his mouth, a gesture he said was mimicked by Franken; Fritz also thought his style of speech was mocked by Franken.

At this point, an aide, noticing that Franken was making an ass of himself, announced that it was time for them to go.

Fritz told me Monday that he then stuck out his hand to shake Franken’s. “Well, at least it’s nice to meet you,” the GOPer said he told Franken, who reportedly replied, I can’t say the same.

There was no handshake, said Fritz.

His story is backed up by the president of the Carleton Dems, Pablo Kenny.

Well, at least we all know he likes himself.

Hat tip: Ramesh, The Corner

*Correction:

The incident happened in January. Thanks to Geoff for pointing that out.