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Franken Decides to Run for Senate

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Posted on Jan 31, 2007
Al Franken

Al Franken, the comedian, actor, author and radio host, will seek another title to add to his résumé: United States senator. According to multiple sources, Franken has finally decided to challenge conservative Republican Norm Coleman after years of debating the possibility.

Sen. Coleman, who grew up in New York and moved to Minnesota later in life, is expected to make an issue of Franken’s time in New York and his Hollywood background. In response, Franken has said, “If I do run against Norm Coleman in ‘08, I’ll be the only New York Jew in the race who actually grew up in Minnesota.”


On Monday, Franken announced that he was quitting his radio show on Feb. 14, and he told his audience that they’d be the first to know of his decision. But Franken has been working the phones in recent days, telling his political friends he’s ready to declare his candidacy. McClatchy Newspapers confirmed Wednesday that Franken made calls to at least two members of the Minnesota congressional delegation in Washington to break the news. The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity, not wanting to pre-empt Franken’s announcement.

“From his voice to my ears, he’s running,” said one House member, who relayed the remark via his press secretary.

“I can tell you we got one of those calls,” said a top-ranked aide for another House member.

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By Dan Brady, February 1, 2007 at 2:28 pm Link to this comment
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What a breathe of fresh air he will bring to the Senate.  How can I contribute?

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By perpetual optimist, February 1, 2007 at 1:09 pm Link to this comment
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While extremely pleased with the news, I worry that he won’t be taken seriously. He’s a great humorist and sly comic with insiteful points of view, but many of us may only remember the Sat. Night Live guy. I wish him well!

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By Quy Tran, February 1, 2007 at 11:47 am Link to this comment
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Good luck Mr. Franken,

You have to replace one of Bush’s servants in the Senate. You’ll win with huge margin. Believe me !

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By Jeanne, February 1, 2007 at 10:50 am Link to this comment
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And I will be very proud to vote for him.

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By Rickinsf, February 1, 2007 at 10:13 am Link to this comment
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Were I a Minnesotan Al would have my vote, but I wonder what will be left of the outspoken Mr. Franken as election day approaches?
Which punches will he be pulling as he confronts the orthodoxies of ‘murrican electoral politics?

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By ranger tommy, February 1, 2007 at 9:06 am Link to this comment
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Go Al!!

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By Tom500k, February 1, 2007 at 7:45 am Link to this comment
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Splendid news—the prospect of a bright, decent guy reminiscent of the late Sen. Wellstone regaining Wellstone’s seat from the ignorant bigot and boob,  Norm Coleman.

Go Al Franken Go!

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