Al Franken Jason Mattera Confrontation – Al Franken was confronted by a conservative activist recently in a stairwell. The confrontation apparently upset Franken, and the video being posted on later YouTube was not very well received by the Franken camp either. They have requested that the activist take the movie down, but he has refused the requests. The video shows the activist, Jason Mattera, as he introduces himself to Franken. The exchange appears to be very friendly at first, but quickly turns sour when the activist begins asking Franken questions regarding the land mark health care reform bill that was recently passed. He begins by asking Franken “which parts of the bill are going to lower costs?” He later went on to add “Is it the provision giving $7 Billion to fund jungle gyms or the provision mandating that employers provide time off for breastfeeding?”
Franken responds by asking to see the portions of the bill that he is referring too. This is where the exchange started to become heated. When Mattera starts to point at the bill to show Franken where the sections of the bill are located, he also asks Franken “why the government is funding an army of monkey bars.” He then told Franken to “Answer it.” This reportedly upset Franken quite a bit, as he told the activist to “Shut up and listen to him” and continued to argue with the young man until Franken decided to leave the situation behind and exit to the stairs to the left. Representatives for Franken have not commented on the confrontation, but it has been reported by several different sites that Franken has asked that the video be taken down. Mattera declined the request, and continues to promote the video around the Internet, which has gone viral and has been viewed over 100,000 times on YouTube.