[QUOTE]WASHINGTON (AP) -- Comedian Al Franken has reached out to Democratic lawmakers from Minnesota in recent days, seeking advice on a possible Senate run against Republican Sen. Norm Coleman next year.
Franken, a veteran of "Saturday Night Live" and radio show host, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he's called all of the Democrats in the delegation.
"I didn't call Coleman," he deadpanned. "I want to mainly touch base and get advice and counsel on certain issues."
Franken said he's also been reaching out to campaign veterans, pollsters and others to get their advice. While people have been encouraging, Franken said, they've also warned about possible pitfalls.
One in particular, Franken relayed: "It's unknown how people will respond to a comedian running for the Senate. I need to figure out a way to let people know I'm extremely serious about Minnesotans and their lives."
Franken said he hopes to make a decision in the next few weeks. Last year, he moved his radio show from New York City to Minneapolis.
Rep. Collin Peterson, the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, said that when he picked up the phone, the first thing Franken said was, "I need you to explain countercyclical payments to me."[/QUOTE]
He still travels to Iraq with the USO and entertains the troops. But the Maher thing is pretty funny too.
[QUOTE=pauliec]I think I hate Franken more than Michael Moore. I'm not sure, but it's close.
That's my opinion.
Another loudmouthed, arrogant lib with no real ideas or solutions -- just complaints. Not to mention the fact that he made his bones writing for SNL. He's an ugly Bill Maher, and that's saying a lot.[/QUOTE]
I would admire him for putting himself out there like that. For someone who's been a comedian there is a lot of sh*t that he has said that can be thrown back at you. Look at Webb in Va with his novels? The Republicans tried to kill him about some sexual scenes.
Many with public lives fear running for office because every word they ever said or written gets scrutinized. That's gotta be worse for him and I give him credit if he does run.
I'd consider this a very, very realistic possibility. He's running in a state that elected Jesse the Body as their governor. Granted Ventura had some experience in public office before running, but I wouldn't be surprised at all if he ran (and won) in a state like Minnesota.
[QUOTE=RutgersJetFan]I'd consider this a very, very realistic possibility. He's running in a state that elected Jesse the Body as their governor. Granted Ventura had some experience in public office before running, but I wouldn't be surprised at all if he ran (and won) in a state like Minnesota.[/QUOTE]
This is one person in Minnesota that wouldn't vote for that dog!