Thursday, February 10, 2005

Senator Al Franken? – No

From KSTP via the FC:

WASHINGTON – Just one day after U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton decided not to run for a second term, comedian Al Franken may be throwing his hat into the ring.

Last year, Franken said he wanted to run for the Senate in 2008. But last night he told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that he is now considering his candidacy for next year.

Franken, a Minnesota native, plans to make an announcement live on his national radio show in Washington D.C. 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS will be in the studio with Franken for that announcement.

The announcement is expected to come near the end of the broadcast, which will be around 1:45 p.m. [Central Time].

Film at 11…

Update: No, he’s not running.

After much fanfare and radio hoopla, comedian and talk-radio host Al Franken announced on the air today that he will not run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Mark Dayton next year, saying he was committed to his radio show for two more years.

“I believe in honoring my commitments,” Franken said. “I agreed to do two more years on Air America radio.”

Franken, a veteran of “Saturday Night Live,” was born in New York City and lives there now, but grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis.

“I am not running for Senate in 2006. Minnesotans are serious about politics and it would be silly,” Franken said today.

Well, it would have been fun to watch.