The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

14 February 2007

Al Franken US Senate Run, Mainstream Media


Finally, An Official Senate Announcement!

We'll give Al Franken credit for one thing: he sure knows how to manipulate the news media.

For over a year, he's been milking this cow for publicity, all the while refusing to say whether he would actually take the plunge against US Senator Norm Coleman (R- Minn).

Now, after keeping speculation running in overdrive since the beginning of the year, he's finally made his intentions clear.

And sure enough, a fresh truckload of Stuart's now- legendary Frankenfluff has been delivered to the mainstream media, with eager reporters all too happy to distribute it to the public.

Need examples? Here's one from ABC News:

Funny Man Franken Will Run for Senate

Comedian Turned Activist Trades Radio Talk for Action with Minnesota Senate Bid

Feb 14, 2007— First came Jesse "The Body" Ventura. Now it is Al Franken's turn.

Minnesotans, who elected former pro wrestler Ventura to serve as their governor in 1999, will have another unorthodox candidate asking for their vote.

Comedian and liberal talk-show host Al Franken announced Wednesday that he is running for U.S. Senate, seeking to win the seat currently held by Senator Norm Coleman, R-Minn.

Franken hosted his final "Air America" radio show Wednesday, during which he announced his Senate campaign, also unveiling a campaign web site including an announcement video in which Franken admitted, "I'm not a typical politician," and acknowledged, "Minnesotans have a right to be skeptical about whether I'm ready for this challenge, and to wonder how seriously I would take the responsibility that I'm asking you to give me."

Signing off his radio broadcast, Franken added, "I think I can do more and so I'm going to run for the United States Senate."

"I'm not a professional politician," he said. "I know I'm going to make some mistakes and this is going to be the hardest thing I've ever done, but I'm going to work hard."

The comedian turned activist concluded, "I know I have an awful lot to learn from the people in Minnesota. Fixing this country is going to take a lot of work from all of us."

Franken will be hoping that Minnesotans are ready to entrust that job to a political outsider for the second time in the past decade.

But where Ventura was better known for body slams and head locks before taking the helm of state government in a tumultuous independent term, Franken has long been a figure in the political world.

Franken, a former "Saturday Night Live" writer and performer, has been the signature voice of the liberal Air America radio network since its inception in 2004 and formed the Midwest Values Political Action Committee, of which Andy Barr is the political director.

Franken's a funny man? Perhaps in the seventies, but not too much since then.

And from CNN, here's a version complete with a sob story from Stuart's wife:

(CNN) -- Outspoken comedian and liberal radio host Al Franken announced Wednesday that he intends to run for the U.S. Senate from his home state of Minnesota.

On his Web site -- al franken. com -- the NBC "Saturday Night Live" veteran said he will vie for the seat now held by Republican Sen. Norm Coleman.

Franken also confirmed that he is running for Senate during his final show on the liberal Air America radio network. He announced last month that he was leaving Air America after his February 14 broadcast.

During his announcement, Franken cited the late Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone as his political hero.

Wellstone, who first won election to the senate in 1990, died in a plane crash shortly before the 2002 elections. Coleman was elected to take his place.

Franken has been a commentator on Air America Radio -- a liberal response to conservative talk radio. He has written several books, including "Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot" and "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them."

"I'm not a typical politician," Franken said in an 8½ minute video message on his Web site. "I've spent my career as a comedian. Minnesotans have a right to be skeptical about whether I'm ready for this challenge, and to wonder how seriously I would take the responsibility that I'm asking you to give me."

Franken said he takes such issues seriously because of his background -- growing up in a working-class family that moved from New Jersey to Minnesota when he was 4 years old -- and his wife's family background -- she grew up with a widowed mother and four siblings who lived on Social Security survivor's benefits.

"That's what progressives like me believe the government is there for," he said. "To provide security for middle-class families like the one I grew up in, and opportunity for working poor families like the one [my wife] grew up in."

From here, the real question is whether Franken's past, including his questionable antics while at Air America, can be kept from the voters of Minnesota. Remember, he first needs to beat several Democrats before he even gets the opportunity to take on Coleman.

But Frankenfluff is his secret weapon, one the others simply don't possess. With that, he may be laughing all the way to November, 2008.

Frankenfluff: Pete at IHillary, Franken image:

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  • Holy Cow- Franken has left the building. How many times can you beat a dead horse. You post about Franken but won't mention that Big Ed is being attacked by Air America? You're worse than the Frankenfluff you deride. Ed gets bigger numbers than Al and you don't cover Ed knocking Air America for an entire hour of his show?!?!

    By Blogger Lifa, at 14 February, 2007 21:09  

  • It must really kill you that Franken had a much more successful radio career than you did.

    At least he's not begging people to buy Amazon crap through his site to make a living.

    By Blogger ltr, at 14 February, 2007 21:44  

  • Yes, so successful that he bankrupted the company!

    By Blogger Brian Maloney, at 14 February, 2007 22:27  

  • Al Franken goes to the Senate. Pastywaddler Baloney starts a Senate Equalizer website to continue ankle biting. You look really funny down there sniffin and nippin at Al's ankles, porky.

    By Blogger gregrocker, at 15 February, 2007 02:52  

  • greg, Stuart Smalley won't go to the Senate. He's just hoping to buile ah huge campaign chest to rape like AAR raped the Gloria Wise Boys and Girls Club.

    Will Franken return the portion of his salary that came from that illegal fraud??

    By Blogger PCD, at 15 February, 2007 08:51  

  • PCD:

    I think AF or one of his admirers will flamboyantly make a donation to Gloria Wise to cover AF's salary received from the Gloria Wise "loan". With AF's lie about not knowing about the "loan" countered by his signature on that .pdf document, he will have to try to put this controversy behind him before being hounded by his Democrat primary opponents, let alone his would-be future GOP opponent.


    What is it with you and your repetitive calling people "fat" or equivalent? You really should get over this. It is a sign of immaturity.

    By Blogger Missouri Show Me, at 15 February, 2007 09:36  

  • Why should Al Franken have to pay for Evan Cohen's transgressions?

    Is there ANYONE on this blog who is aware of what has gone on up at Co-Op City, and can speak intelligently on the subject?

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 15 February, 2007 09:41  

  • I may have not gotten it word for word (evil grin), but I transcribed Franken's announcement of his Senate run? Makes for enlightening reading...

    By Blogger directorblue, at 16 February, 2007 06:29  

  • Actually, here's the correct link to Franken's announcement. Sorry about that!

    By Blogger directorblue, at 16 February, 2007 06:30  

  • Hash: Why should Al Franken have to pay for Evan Cohen's transgressions?

    It goes like this:

    1. Fact: Business operator (Cohen) obtained bogus "loan" from a charity to pay operational expenses.

    2. Fact: A particular employee of this business operator (Franken) was paid a salary far in excess of comparable salaries for the job (Marketplace data).

    3. Deduction: Overpaid employee (Franken) was enabled to receive this excess salary due to the illegal activities of the payer (Cohen).

    4. New situation: Franken wants citizens of Minnesota to elect him as their Senator, a postion of trust.

    5. To attempt to reestablish himself as trustworthy, Franken should repay the money that was used to pay his excessive salary that was inappropriately taken from the Gloria Wise account for disadvantaged youth and Alzheimer victims.

    By Blogger Missouri Show Me, at 16 February, 2007 10:46  

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