Archive for Sunday, June 8, 2008

Ex-‘SNL’ writer Franken wins endorsement for Senate in Minnesota

June 8, 2008


— Al Franken won a resounding endorsement for the U.S. Senate on Saturday from Minnesota Democrats, quickly dispatching with concerns about jokes that offended some and promising a tough challenge to Republican Sen. Norm Coleman.

"To the people of Minnesota, let me say this: I'm not a perfect person," said Franken, a former "Saturday Night Live" writer and performer. "I'm not going to pretend to have all the answers. But I'll tell the truth, I will keep my spine, and I will work for you."

Franken's only competitor, college professor and peace activist Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, withdrew after Franken passed the necessary 60 percent threshold on the first ballot. Nelson-Pallmeyer proposed that delegates unanimously back Franken, putting him over the top.

Franken's show of strength came as something of a surprise after a rocky few weeks in which some Democrats, led by U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, criticized a racy column he wrote for Playboy magazine in 2000 and, earlier this week, joking comments he was reported to have made about rape that were included in a 1995 New York magazine article about "Saturday Night Live."


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 6 months ago

If he were a Republican, Franken's tax problems would be a badge of honor.And if I lived in Minnesota, they would give me second thoughts about voting for him-- until I considered that voting for Norm Coleman is the alternative.

Weezy_Jefferson 9 years, 6 months ago

Yeah, that's insane putting a second-rate actor into a political position. Stupid dems! Oh...wait...I seem to remember somebody named Ronald Regan....

Flap Doodle 9 years, 6 months ago

A refund you say?"DFL Senate candidate Al Franken owes a $25,000 penalty to the New York State Workers' Compensation Board for failing to carry workers' compensation insurance for employees of his namesake corporation from 2002 to 2005, state officials said.New York officials have made numerous attempts to contact Franken about the matter since April 2005 but have gotten no reply."

Flap Doodle 9 years, 6 months ago

Fascinating that the reply from the sinister side of the aisle to any news of hanky-panky on the part of a Democrat seems to be "well, the Republicans are worse".Keep that going, we'll see how it plays out in November.

cato_the_elder 9 years, 6 months ago

Franken is a second-rate actor and failed talk show host with serious problems in his financial history, including tax evasion in 17 states. Although prominent Minnesota Democrats have acknowledged this, his endorsement by the party in Minnesota is disgraceful. If, God forbid, he were a Republican, in light of his many offensive and bigoted statements made in the past most of the Minnesota Dems who have now endorsed him would have wanted his head on a pike long ago. Senator Coleman, whose views are moderately liberal, should wipe up the floor with him.

cato_the_elder 9 years, 6 months ago

Bozo, let's do some elementary math: Does 19 minus 2 perhaps equal 17?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 6 months ago

Actually, it was 19 states, cato, and it appears to have been an honest mistake on the part of his accountant.The mistake was that he overpaid state taxes in the states where he lived, New York and Minnesota, taxes that should have been paid to the states where he earned it.So while it will cost him some penalties and interest to fix the problem, he'll get a refund from New York and Minnesota.So your claim of tax evasion is just plain wrong.

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