My Case for Al Franken for Senate

Here’s why I think Al Franken is Minnesota’s best choice for US Senator:

1. He’s a policy wonk. In both his books and on his radio show, he showed the depth of knowledge he has on important policy issues, such as health care, prescription drugs, and the current wars. With the economy in trouble, two wars lingering, and the cost of health care increasing, we need someone in Washington who really understands the issues and can work to fix things.

Norm Coleman, on the other hand, does not seem to be a policy wonk. Instead, he touts the work he’s done for individual families where he’s aided them with international adoptions. While that is admirable, it’s only a small fraction of the work a US Senator should be able to accomplish in 6 years.

Franken is the kind of guy who will surround himself, and call on, the best people he can find to help him understand the government’s current policies and work to steer them in directions that improve effectiveness, efficiencies, and costs. For example, one of his regular guests on his radio show was Princeton economics professor, Paul Krugman, who’s gone on to win a Nobel Prize in economics.

2. He’s bi-partisan. Franken gets labeled as being very partisan due to the titles of some of his books including “Lies (And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them): A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right” and “Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot”. However, if you actually read those books, it’s clear that he’s really going after the most partisan people on the right such as Limbaugh and FOX News hosts like Bill O’Reilly.

When Franken makes attacks like that, he’s not being partisan. In my opinion, what he’s really doing is attacking partisanship while saying, “we can do better.” Try reading the last chapters of his books rather than cherry picked comments if you want to get a feel for that side of Franken.

Coleman, on the other hand, has a rep for not being partisan, but it’s simply not true. For example, Norm Coleman has run to head the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) in the past. HE didn’t win the post then, but he’s actually running for the post again now. What is the NRSC? It’s the group that puts out the most divisive ads of the campaign. Coleman, for the past month, has claimed to run clean campaign ads, while at the same time running to head the group that’s running dirty, misleading, campaign ads on his behalf.

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3. Franken is not corrupt. If you don’t like Franken enough to vote FOR him, here is why you should vote AGAINST Norm Coleman. Coleman has managed to get himself caught up in some nasty conflicts on interest, including a very slimy relationship with the head of a Houston oil exploration company. As I understand it, Coleman’s family has taken trips, suits, and potential straight cash from his buddy in Houston.

What scares me about this is that Coleman’s relationship with Nasser Kazeminy reminds me way too much of the issues that took down now-convicted Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska. I’m not saying that Coleman’s corruption is at the same level as Stevens, but he only has had 6 years compared to Stevens’ 40.

Personally, I don’t want Minnesota to grow a reputation as being a corrupt state. Coleman’s troubles are already getting talked about not just nationally but internationally. Coleman has not come clean about why the heck his buddy Nasser Kazeminy’s business partners are suing each other over what sound like politically motivated corporate payments to a company Norm’s wife happened to work for. In fact, Coleman is doing everything he can to divert the story away from the money trail, claiming that this is an attack on his wife. And Kazeminy isn’t talking either. This smells like a rotting Alaskan salmon to me.

With No Distractions, Al Franken Will Work Hard for Minnesotans

We need to send someone to Washington who can focus on representing Minnesota rather than defending himself from ethical – and potentially legal – problems over the next six years.

I encourage you to vote proudly for Al Franken for Senate.

6 thoughts on “My Case for Al Franken for Senate”

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  2. Al Franken not partisan? That is actually funnier than anything Franken ever wrote. Franken has an opinion of himself that is much greater than the rest of the world (and specifically the state) has. He attacks Republicans, conservatives, Christians, women, minorities, or anyone else because they do not think like him. It’s not “we can do better” it’s you can think what I think or your stupid.
    And yes Al Franken is corrupt. Norm has not been found guilty of breaking any laws. Franken has been found to not pay taxes in 17 states, failed to pay his workers comp insurance, and took a salary from an illegal loan obtained by failed radio operation Air America.
    Apparently the voters of Minnesota feel the same way. In a blow away election for Obama (8 points), Franken is holding onto the hope that a few hundred people are too stupid to fill out their ballots. Good job DFL.

  3. Michael, do you have a case of the Mondays on a Wednesday?

    Take a look at who’s policies (in practice or planned), rather than rhetoric, to see who helps Minnesotan’s most.

  4. It depends on what you mean by help. Coleman has been on the right side of taxes, defense, farm issues, and has been a great Senator for constituent issues. What “help” is Franken going to provide? Franken cowardly came out against the bail out bill after the votes were published that would have helped Minnesotans have access to credit for loans and their businesses. (I have issues with the 700 billion bailout but Amy and Norm voted the right way). What policies of Franken’s are going to help us? What should a US Senator be able to do to help us? I am guessing you think free healthcare, free college, and ending the war (the one Franken supported).
    Where has Franken ever shown leadership, bi-partisanship?

  5. Coleman and ‘a great senator’ do not belong in the same sentence…unless the word ‘not’ is involved.

    Coleman is a tool…Coleman has no positions, certainly none that involve his own choosing. He represents the worst of all possible career politicians, the kind that cannot lead and do not represent the people.

    Franken has not been senator, yet he has shown more leadership…Coleman has had 6 full years there and where are his leadership and bi-partisanship creds?
    –Galloway incident?
    –His oversight?
    –His legislation pro-offered?
    –His discussions with the people to explain the wall street bailout and why we should embrace it?
    –His discussions with the people to explain his lack of funding on energy jobs?
    –His discussions with the people to explain his 90% Bush followship into Iraq, energy dependence, wall street collapse, green jobs…WHERE IS IT THOMAS?

    Because it does not show up in his record…I will need your help in finding it hidden away in some backroom deal maybe…like his wife’s employment, his clothing and housing allowance? How has his dealings helped me? Because I’ve been here all the time and not seen it…can you help me see it?

  6. Franken has not been senator, yet he has shown more leadership…(where exactly???)
    Coleman has had 6 full years there and where are his leadership and bi-partisanship creds?
    Coleman has reached accross the aisle many times on legislation, over-rode the President’s veto(s).
    –Galloway incident?
    Yea, where is Galloway today?
    –His oversight?
    Uncovered billions in Government waste.
    –His legislation pro-offered?
    Childhood cancer research, Farm bill to name a few
    –His discussions with the people to explain the wall street bailout and why we should embrace it?
    The need for credit to individuals and small businesses. Obama, Amy, and Norm all felt the same way.
    –His discussions with the people to explain his lack of funding on energy jobs?
    Voted on energy bills that gave tax credit to companies who invest in new technology for engery. Same bill Obama voted on.
    –His discussions with the people to explain his 90% Bush followship into Iraq, energy dependence, wall street collapse, green jobs…WHERE IS IT THOMAS?
    Name some individual votes here. Coleman did not vote to invade Iraq. Clinton, Kerry, Reid, and Edwards did though (the Democrat leaders). Norm has voted to continue our operation because you don’t invade countries than leave because public opinion polls fall. He voted against the surge (didn’t agree with that vote) against his own party.

    So what “help” do you want from a Senator? How do Senators “help” us? How does our esteemed Amy Klobcahar “help” us?

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