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It looks like Al Franken is doing well in the polls in his run to unseat Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman. Norm Coleman won Paul Wellstone’s seat shortly after the latter’s death. Wellstone had arguably been the most left wing U.S. Senator since Robert LaFollette and his death prompted a bout of conspiracy theories. Coleman was elected following a very sleazy right wing noise machine’s mischaracterization of Wellstone’s memorial in the days just before the election. Nobody’s really heard from him since except when he got clobbered in a rhetorical joust with British left icon (or iconoclast depending on your view) George Galloway (who ironically may actually be guilty of the charges Coleman made).
Al Franken gave up his radio show to run against Coleman. I thought it would be a fun and hopelessly quixotic campaign. I actually didn’t think he could win the nomination. But the first polls show him way out in front of his fellow Democrats, and slightly ahead of Coleman. Coleman’s not unpopular, but his support is tepid. It wouldn’t be the first time Minnesota has elected a maverick celeb.
Franken Offers Toughest Test for Coleman: Senator Norm Coleman is locked in a close contest with potential Democratic Party challenger Al Franken among Minnesotans. Franken holds a slight edge (43.2% versus 40% for Coleman), which is at the margin of error. But Senator Coleman leads among other potential Democrats – he holds a narrow edge over Mike Ciresi (43% versus 38%) and double-digit margins over Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer (47% versus 29%) and Jim Cohen (46% versus 31%).
It’s a long way until November, and Franken has to win the primary to get at Coleman, but this is encouraging.
I’ll come back and spruce up the post with some hyperlinks later.
Young Al photo with his future wife Franni comes from his campaign site.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 31, 2008
Clendenen to hold public meeting in Miranda, February 9th
Clif Clendenen, candidate Humboldt County Supervisor in the 2nd District will be appearing at a public gathering in Miranda at Steven’s Hall, also known as the Grange Hall on School Rd, Saturday February 9th from 3pm to 5pm. The event is free; however donations will gladly be accepted. Food and refreshment will be served.
Clendenen has been holding a series of similar events, to hear what the residents of the 2nd district believe are the important issues. The past events have been well attended and provided a great forum for both Clendenen and those in attendance.
Clendenen was born and raised in the 2nd district. He graduated form the University of California and returned to Humboldt County to operate his family’s apple farm in Fortuna for the last 30 years. While Clendenen has been active in local Fortuna culture and politics, he is now directing his energy and ideas to the County level.
All residents in the area are urged to come to the event, meet the candidate, voice your views and discuss the issues.
For more information contact:
Bill Thorington, Campaign Manager 496-4703