Al Franken rules out senate run in 2006
Comedian Franken Rules Out Senate Run in 2006
Thu Feb 10, 2005 4:36 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Comedian and Democratic
activist Al Franken on Thursday ruled out a run for a
Senate seat from Minnesota next year but left open the
possibility of a potential candidacy in 2008.
"Not running for the Senate in 2006," he told
reporters and his Air America Radio audience.
"Minnesotans are very serious about their politics and
it would be silly. I don't live there."
Franken, who has written several books satirizing
conservatives and is perhaps best known for his
performances on the NBC program "Saturday Night Live,"
said he had committed to two more years at Air America
Radio, a liberal talk show network.
"I have been looking at the 2008 Senate seat, people
know that," he said. "If I go in 2008, you're going to
see me moving back there."
Franken, who was born in New York and grew up in
Minnesota, had been mentioned as a possible candidate
for the Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Mark
Dayton, who announced on Wednesday he will not seek
re-election next year.
Several Democrats are expected to consider a run,
although there appeared to be no immediate
A number of Republicans are seen as potential
candidates for Dayton's seat, including Reps. Mark
Kennedy and Gil Gutknecht as well as former Republican
Sen. Rod Grams.
Minnesota's other senator, Republican Norm Coleman,
faces re-election in 2008.