Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Franken running for senate in Minnesota

Al Franken grew up in St. Louis Park, a well-to-do suburb of Minneapolis.

Franken will soon be leaving his sometimes-paying-gig as the mid-day host for the struggling Air America radio network. He plans run for the Senate seat currently held by Republican Norm Coleman.

Franken had lived in New York City for over thirty years before moving his Air America show to Minnesota two years ago, something that won't be forgotten by residents of the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

When Franken left Minnesota, it was as liberal as Massachusetts, but the state has been trending conservative since 1984. It was the only state Democrat Walter Mondale won that year, and was one of the few Jimmy Carter carried in 1980.

It was considered competitive in the last presidential election; Kerry won, but by only a few percentage points.

Another problem for Franken: Minnesotans are a mild-mannered bunch, and won't be receptive to Franken's caustic humor.

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