Al Franken Puts in Senate Bid
He's good enough, smart enough, and doggone it, people like him
The comedian-political commentator made the announcement Wednesday (Feb. 14) on the final day of his self-titled radio show on Air America, thus ending months of speculation about his political aspirations, report news sources.
The socio-political liberal will challenge Minnesota's Republican incumbent Norm Coleman.
"Minnesotans have a right to be skeptical about whether I'm ready for this challenge, and to wonder how seriously I would take the responsibility that I'm asking you to give me," says Franken in an online video on his website. "I want you to know: Nothing means more to me than making government work better for the working families of this state, and over the next 20 months, I look forward to proving to you that I take these issues seriously."
Franken, 55, was a writer and performer for "SNL" in the '80s. He's best known for his self-help guru character Stuart Smalley who used daily affirmations to boost his self-esteem. Franken has written a number of books over the years, including "Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations" and "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right."