The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

22 November 2006

Al Franken, Minnesota Senate Race, Air America Radio


Even Franken's Friends Wonder What He's Up To

So what's he up to now?

You've really got to hand it to our friend Stuart Smalley; he knows how to keep just about everyone guessing regarding his future plans, including friends and allies.

This time, however, he's truly playing games.

Rather like the odd on- air remark yesterday that had Randi Rhodes listeners wondering if she was signing off for good, Franken's cryptic comments during a Lou Dobbs appearance on CNN yesterday instantly fueled speculation.

From the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

Franken: No announcement until January

The political blogosphere was slightly atwitter Wednesday with a rumor that Al Franken might make an announcement next week about a 2008 run in Minnesota for the U.S. Senate.

The speculation was spurred by Franken's comments Tuesday to CNN's Lou Dobbs that he and his family would be "deciding" the matter over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Actually, Franken clarified Wednesday, this weekend will be just the beginning of the "deciding" process about a Senate run and about the future of his syndicated radio show.

"My son is just home from college, so we'll talk about it over Thanksgiving and probably over Christmas, too."

Franken, who plans to travel again on a USO tour to Iraq, added that he "probably won't have any announcement until January."

Given what we already know, however, the mystery isn't as great as it might appear. If he does sign off from the airwaves sometime during the next few weeks, he would be in position to announce a US Senate candidacy almost immediately.

From what we're hearing, however, Franken may have other plans that include another media foray. If so, it could delay his official campaign announcement by a number of months.

Why go this route? We're told that Al still needs (or wants) to make money before his candidacy begins. But as of yet, nothing on this end appears to be solidified.

Classic Franken images: Pete at IHillary and David A Lunde

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  • Who are the friends of Franken you referred to in your headline?

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 22 November, 2006 23:41  

  • I don't know, I think it's pretty obvious what he's doing. He doesn't want to get into this unless he thinks he'll really do well. If he were to run and get crushed he'd be seen as a joke. I mean I hate him as much as anyone but really, if you don't have a good shot you don't run because that does more damage to your image than not running at all.

    By Blogger thebigtripled, at 23 November, 2006 00:49  

  • Let me tell you I listened to Al Franken and I am about as much of a democrat that you can possibly be.and I cant stand to listen to the guy.He tries really hard to be funny and be on top of the issues. he has no chance of being elected senator.he has this grating on your nerves delivery and I could not imagine listening to him give a speech.he is not good on radio he had better stick to comedy.

    By Blogger nandgtrucking, at 24 November, 2006 08:20  

  • Yes, but that brings up another, possibly more important question: do we elect statesmen on behalf of their positions and contributions, or based on their personalities?

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 24 November, 2006 10:38  

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