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    From the State that brought us Jesse Ventura.............

    Franken wins endorsement for Senate in Minnesota

    Al Franken won a resounding endorsement for the U.S. Senate on Saturday from Minnesota Democrats, quickly dispatching with concerns about jokes that offended some and promising a tough challenge to Republican Sen. Norm Coleman.

    "To the people of Minnesota, let me say this: I'm not a perfect person," said Franken, a former "Saturday Night Live" writer and performer. "I'm not going to pretend to have all the answers. But I'll tell the truth, I will keep my spine, and I will work for you."

    Franken's only competitor, college professor and peace activist Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, withdrew after Franken passed the necessary 60 percent threshold on the first ballot. Nelson-Pallmeyer proposed that delegates unanimously back Franken, putting him over the top.

    Franken's show of strength came as something of a surprise after a rocky few weeks in which some Democrats, led by U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, criticized a racy column he wrote for Playboy magazine in 2000 and, earlier this week, joking comments he was reported to have made about rape that were included in a 1995 New York magazine article about "Saturday Night Live."

    Rumors flew that Franken's support was collapsing, and that other candidates were considering a late entry into the endorsement stakes. Franken finally tackled the controversy head-on in his nomination speech to delegates, where he said some of the things he said and wrote over 35 years as a writer were "downright offensive."

    "I understand that," Franken said. "And I understand that the people of Minnesota deserve a senator who won't say things that make them feel uncomfortable."

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    Ugh, Franken...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldwater View Post
    Ugh, Franken...
    Well, at least he's out of comedy now. :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elspeth View Post
    Well, at least he's out of comedy now. :)
    Was he ever in it?

    Ziiiiing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldwater View Post
    Was he ever in it?

    Ziiiiing.
    Rimshot and a downward chromatic scale on a sax!

    :)
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