The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

13 April 2006

Patty Murray, Al Franken, Golden Tennis Shoe Awards


For Event's Speaker, A Senator's Perfect Choice

A quick pop quiz: who is nuttier, Al Franken, or Osama-Mama US Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)?

After a curious, yet hilarious "awards" luncheon held this week in Seattle, Franken himself may have answered the question:

(Seattle P-I, Gregory Roberts)

"I would like a dark chocolate Almond Joy," Franken told 1,000 supporters of Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., in the ballroom of the Westin Seattle Hotel.

"Why are Mounds dark chocolate and the Almond Joy milk chocolate?" asked Franken, a political author and former "Saturday Night Live" comedian. "I would like the dark chocolate and the almonds.

And I think America wants that, too."

Memo to Mr. Smalley: rather than a poor candy bar selection, Americans are probably more worried about bills, jobs, schools, traffic and keeping their kids away from creepy predators.

What a $2 million dollar salary will do to detach a guy from reality!

By the way, Al, did you bill Air America Radio for the lunch, or did you let Patty cover it this time?

Yes, our friend Mr. Franken was the featured speaker at Patty's "Golden Tennis Shoe Awards", so named because of a 1992 campaign slogan calling her "just a mom in tennis shoes".

Since then, she hasn't exactly proven the brightest bulb in The Other Washington, tripping up over comments to schoolchildren regarding Osama bin Laden, earning her the more recent "Osama Mama" nickname.

Both exceptionally good at taking care of themselves, Franken and Murray are an almost perfect pairing.

After all, Patty's phony awards luncheon was actually a $100-a-plate campaign coffer-stuffer. Pretty good for a senator not even up for re-election until 2010!

Given that Washington State's other Democrat senator faces a major contest this year, even Al found that a bit odd:

Franken, who has explored a U.S. Senate run from Minnesota, urged the audience to support the current re-election campaign of Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., who attended the luncheon.

"You've got to help Maria," he said. "I'm sorry, Patty -- but take all the money you were going to give Patty and give it to Maria."


Franken was the featured speaker at the event, which was the forum for Murray's announcement of the 11th annual Golden Tennis Shoe Awards, presented by her to ordinary people who make extraordinary contributions to their communities.

Here's a question we wish had come from the audience: what do you call sleazy corporate entities that steal $875,000 in taxpayer grants from inner-city poor kids? Or the talk show hosts who refuse to honestly address the issue?

For that kind of Enron-like sleaze, what sort of tennis shoe award does Al Franken deserve?

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  • oh no!! Murray held a $100-a-plate fundraiser when she isn't up for re-election?? how terrible!

    she should have just laundered the money through Indian casinos, that way the conservatives wouldn't have objected to it.

    By Blogger hardcore conservative genious, at 13 April, 2006 10:42  

  • if you ever get off of your AAR obsession, here's a real story that actually has something to do with radio, instead of what kind of candy Al Franken likes -

    again, i apologize for not knowing how to post a link, so you'll have to copy and paste it.

    By Blogger liberal outlaw, at 13 April, 2006 11:14  

  • Surely you can find juicier, more obvious targets than Al and Patty. After your bullseye post on, I actually had expectations. If you want to rise to the level of, say, Ann Coulter, you're going to have to work harder. The Photoshop stuff doesn't hide lameness.

    By Blogger DAVE NEWTON, at 13 April, 2006 13:09  

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