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Comedian Al Franken Eyeing US Senate Seat In Minnesota February 1, 2007

Posted by notapundit in Politics, US News.

WASHINGTON (AP)–Comedian Al Franken has decided to run for U.S. Senate in Minnesota in 2008, challenging incumbent Republican Norm Coleman, a senior Democratic official told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The official, who requested anonymity because Franken hasn’t made an announcement, said that the comedian and former star of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” told her of his decision recently.

Andy Barr, the political director of Franken’s Midwest Values Political Action Committee, declined to comment.

The news wasn’t unexpected. Franken has been calling members of the Minnesota congressional delegation to get their input on a run, and he announced this week that he would be leaving his show on Air America Radio on Feb. 14. He told listeners he would be making a decision on a race soon.

Should he win the Democratic primary in Minnesota, Franken would take on Coleman, a first-term senator who is among the Democrats’ top targets.


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