Is This Really Necessary?
Al Franken, the semi-famed comedian and radio talk show host, is set to announce on Wednesday whether he'll run for the U.S. Senate next ...
Al Franken, the semi-famed comedian and radio talk show host, is set to announce on Wednesday whether he'll run for the U.S. Senate next year against incumbent Republican Norm Coleman.
It appears that all systems are go, but some other Democrats are biding their time, ready to jump in if Franken doesn't. In the meantime, there's one announced Democrat in the race already.
No one in Minnesota can be surprised that Dick Franson is running. It's his sixth run for the Senate and 23rd campaign overall. The St. Paul Pioneer Press has a story about him today, and reporter Rachel E. Stassen-Berger couldn't resist giving Franson the full treatment:
He has a 14-year-old fax machine in the small galley kitchen in his South Minneapolis home, and at least once a month, sometimes a few times a month, he fires it up to send messages.
Many are rehashes of his previous faxes -- with one year crossed out and another written in.
"It takes about six hours to send one to everyone on my list," said Franson, as his slightly shaking hands feed a sheet through the machine while World War II-era crooners play in the background.
Generally, his faxes arrive in the middle of the night while their recipients get the sleep he doesn't need.
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
Meet the Nation's First 'Vitality Fellow,' Making Cities Livable for Everyone26 minutes ago
HHS Extends Medicaid to More Ex-Prisoners2 hours ago
Indiana Governor Endorses Cruz and Praises Trump2 hours ago
U.S. Supreme Court Lets Texas Enforce Voter ID Law...for Now2 hours ago
First Zika-Related Death on U.S. Soil Intensifies Funding Fight3 hours ago
Texas High Court Strikes Down Houston's Air Pollution Rules3 hours ago