Comedian Al Franken has reached out to Democratic lawmakers from Minnesota in recent days, seeking advice on a possible Senate run against Republican Sen. Norm Coleman next year.
Franken, a veteran of “Saturday Night Live” and radio show host, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he’s called all of the Democrats in the delegation.
“I didn’t call Coleman,” he deadpanned. “I want to mainly touch base and get advice and counsel on certain issues.”
Franken said he’s also been reaching out to campaign veterans, pollsters and others to get their advice. While people have been encouraging, Franken said, they’ve also warned about possible pitfalls.
One in particular, Franken relayed: “It’s unknown how people will respond to a comedian running for the Senate. I need to figure out a way to let people know I’m extremely serious about Minnesotans and their lives.”
Franken said he hopes to make a decision in the next few weeks. Last year, he moved his radio show from New York City to Minneapolis.
Rep. Collin Peterson, the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, said that when he picked up the phone, the first thing Franken said was, “I need you to explain countercyclical payments to me.”
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