Franken Announces Senate Run
February 14, 2007 at 11:57 AM (PT)
AL FRANKEN ended his AIR AMERICA RADIO show today (2/14) with the long-expected announcement that he will run for the MINNESOTA DEMOCRATIC-FARMER-LABOR PARTY's nomination for Senator. FRANKEN, who made the announcement in the final minutes of his last show, will likely be running against incumbent Sen. NORM COLEMAN (R-MN) in 2008. "I've decided to move on to another challenge," FRANKEN told listeners, talking about his return to MINNESOTA, his formation of the "MIDWEST VALUES PAC," and the inspiration of the late Sen. PAUL WELLSTONE (D-MN). "I discovered I liked it," FRANKEN said of his political activity and the work his PAC did in the 2006 election.
I'm not a professional politician. I know I'm gonna make mistakes.
Announcing "I'm gonna run for the UNITED STATES SENATE," FRANKEN said that he would be visiting a clinic for uninsured patients on THURSDAY, then embark on a tour of the state. "I'm not a professional politician. I know I'm gonna make mistakes," FRANKEN admitted, adding that he will learn and urging listeners to "keep listening, keep talking, keep doing."
FRANKEN's official website was converted into a campaign site WEDNESDAY morning with links for volunteers and contributions and a video message from the candidate, in which he says, "I’m not a typical politician. 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.
"I want you to know: Nothing means more to me than making government work better for the working families of this state, and over the next 20 months I look forward to proving to you that I take these issues seriously."
AIR AMERICA will be replacing FRANKEN with THOM HARTMANN, whose show was separately syndicated by AAR in the same time slot.