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Al Franken – comedian, author, talk show host and political pundit – announced plans on Wednesday to run as a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2008, challenging incumbent Republican Sen. Norm Coleman.

What do you think about his candidacy? Does Franken have a chance?

Feb 14, 2007 | 864 views | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print


Al Franken did indeed have a
by Mark Olson
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Al Franken did indeed have a chance. (It only took 28 months to get an answer to my question.)

It should be pointed out
by jeffkvb1
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Jan 01, 2008 | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print

It should be pointed out that the sources of the stories in your post come from conservative websites whose role is to spin the news and publish it with a bias toward the right.
It should be noted that many conservatives in the news today are ideologues committed only to opposing those who may not have the same opinions as their own. These people are interested only in creating a closed society which is free of others’ values. These are not the principles or values on which this country was founded.
Determining whether or not Franken is unstable should be left to someone with a background in psychology.

Al Franken is visiting
by Mark Olson
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Jul 16, 2007 | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Al Franken is visiting Chaska, according to a press release from the Senate District 34 DFL.
Franken will be at the 2nd Annual Summer Bash, held Saturday, July 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Best Western River Inn & Suites, downtown Chaska (corner of Highway 41 and First Street). All known Minnesota DFL candidates have been invited. The cost is $15 per person; $25 per couple. For more information, visit www.carverscottdfl.org.

DFLer and Minnesota attorney
by Mark Olson
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Apr 17, 2007 | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print

DFLer and Minnesota attorney Mike Ciresi will announce his senate campaign plans at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 18 in St. Paul.

Is it just me... ...or does
by txaggie94
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Apr 04, 2007 | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Is it just me…
…or does $1.3 million seem low? If Franken has all the Hollywood support he claims, shouldn’t he have a bit more in the coffers? With 10,000 donors, that averages out to $130 per donor, not taking into account the large donors. I wonder what the median donation and high versus low donations were.
Also, I am curious as to the amount of money raised from Minnesotans. The Senate race is statewide, not nationwide, and I think the amount of money raised within Minnesota would be a better predictor of Franken’s chances.
-Katie
P.S. It’s often just me… ;)

Al Franken for Senate
by Mark Olson
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Apr 04, 2007 | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Al Franken for Senate released its preliminary fundraising totals for the first quarter, which ended March 31.

According to an Al Franken for Senate press release, the campaign expects to report over $1.3 million raised from over 10,000 contributors from all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

“We’re thrilled,” said Communications Director Andy Barr, in the release.

First quarter fundraising reports are due to the Federal Election Commission on April 15.

For more info, visit www.alfranken.com.

Here's a bit of media
by Mark Olson
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Feb 16, 2007 | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Here’s a bit of media criticism that “Shadow” posted yesterday on our sister Web site, www.shakopeenews.com:
I noticed this morning that the story of Al Franken announcing his running for the senate in today’s Strib was relegated to the region section, lower half.
Could it be that they are trying to show that they’re not really liberal, and Franken running for office is no big deal.
Sorry Star Tribune, but like it or not, Al Franken is a national story, and deserved front page placement.
He is going to be a lightning rod, and will continue to be a major story, not unlike when Jessie ran.
Naming the new editor and a story on the new Grand Canyon skywalk is interesting, but either could have been inside the paper.

Ha! That line alone should
by ztraces
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Feb 15, 2007 | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Ha! That line alone should get him elected.

The beauty of a Franken
by txaggie94
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The beauty of a Franken candidacy is that he will implode, just like Mike Hatch did. Something will happen, and Franken won’t know how to deal with it, so he’ll just say (or do) something stupid.
Seriously, though, Franken is one unstable dude, even more so than Jesse Ventura.
Here are some examples:
http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2005/6/13/93713.shtml
http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=6666
http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2004/1/27/94253.shtml
This is really the best the DFL can do? There’s got to be a better candidate out there. There simply HAS to be.
-Katie

You can read Al Franken's
by MFrancisco
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You can read Al Franken’s official candidacy announcement here: http://www.alfranken.com/page/content/release1/.

This is the state that
by MFrancisco
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This is the state that elected Jesse Ventura as governor so I would say he definitely has a chance in Minnesota.

When Franken reads this
by Mark Olson
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When Franken reads this release, he only needs to resort to his Stuart Smalley alter ego, repeating into a mirror: “I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me”

Here's what the Minnesota
by MFrancisco
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Here's what the Minnesota GOP said about Franken's announcement. I got this in an emailed press release earlier today:

Franken to Angry Partisans & Liberal Hollywood Elites: Be My Valentine! 

St. Paul- Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Ron Carey today issued the following statement regarding Al Franken’s candidacy for the U.S. Senate.

“Given his blind partisanship and extreme anger, Al Franken is the last person Minnesotans need in the United States Senate.  While Senator Norm Coleman continues to work with all sides for the betterment of our state and nation, Franken offers Minnesotans nothing but polarization and vitriolic personal attacks.”  

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