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Thu Apr 25, 2019, 11:51 AM

Al Franken PROBABLY wouldn't want this, but maybe with an outpouring of popuar support....??

If our eventual nominee is someone other than Amy Klobuchar and she is picked as VP, and we win.......

(Not an entirely implausible scenario, is it?)

The Democratic Governor of Minnesota then picks the interim Senator until the next election is held. If he should name Al Franken to fill the seat, well then the only question would be if Al would want it. As things stand now, I doubt he would listen, but if he were to receive a thundering deluge of popular (not media, but real people, especially if they're form Minnesota) support, maybe, just maybe, he'd do it. He would have to hold his nose and work again with Democratic Senators who trashed him, and that would not be a few, including Warren, Sanders, Harris, Gillibrand, Booker, Brown, Baldwin and the rest.

But I know a LOT of people who would love to see him back in the Senate, have his voice championing us again, and SO much much more eloquently than those who urged him to leave. I'll bet a LOT of Minnesotans feel the same way.

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Reply Al Franken PROBABLY wouldn't want this, but maybe with an outpouring of popuar support....?? (Original post)
DFW Apr 2019 OP
beachbum bob Apr 2019 #1
DFW Apr 2019 #3
beachbum bob Apr 2019 #5
watoos Apr 2019 #2
DFW Apr 2019 #4
Jose Garcia Apr 2019 #6
Trumpocalypse Apr 2019 #7
DFW Apr 2019 #11
Trumpocalypse Apr 2019 #12
Trumpocalypse Apr 2019 #8
DFW Apr 2019 #9
Trumpocalypse Apr 2019 #10
DFW Apr 2019 #13
Trumpocalypse Apr 2019 #14
DFW Apr 2019 #16
Trumpocalypse Apr 2019 #19
Maru Kitteh Apr 2019 #15
DFW Apr 2019 #17
Maru Kitteh Apr 2019 #18

Response to DFW (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 11:56 AM

1. I rather see he run and see the people elect him

 

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Response to beachbum bob (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 12:11 PM

3. I'm sure that if he were picked as interim Senator, he wouldn't pack up and go home shortly after.

But I don't think he would run on his own initiative. I haven't asked him directly, and wouldn't. Too hypothetical at this point, anyway. But IF the opening occurs, and IF he is selected to fill it....well THAT is something he might not turn down, and could be something he might follow up with. It would depend on the reception he got from his fellow Democratic Senators, but I'm betting that most of them would be glad to have him back, Gillibrand excepted.

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Response to DFW (Reply #3)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 12:15 PM

5. Franken was turning into a"statesman" level senator. Gillibrand is an opportunist and

 

thought this would work out for her some how. Can't wait till she is gone from the primary field. Until she can apologize to franken, she is a permanent nobody.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 12:10 PM

2. According to Gillibrand when questioned about Franken,

 

she stated that the public was in favor of his resigning.

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Response to watoos (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 12:12 PM

4. I wouldn't take Gillibrand's word on whether or not water is wet

And even less so on anything concerning Al Franken.

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Response to watoos (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 12:16 PM

6. Poll: Half think Franken should resign

A majority of voters think the Senate Ethics Committee should investigate Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), and half think Franken should resign from the Senate, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.

The poll was conducted after radio personality Leeann Tweeden alleged that Franken groped her in 2006, prior to his Senate tenure ó but before a second woman, Lindsay Menz, said that Franken touched her inappropriately while he was a senator in 2010. Still, 66 percent of voters said the ethics panel should probe Frankenís conduct, while only 15 percent think the committee should not look into the matter.

Fully 50 percent of voters think Franken, who has served in the Senate since 2009, should resign, and 22 percent think he should not resign.


https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/22/al-franken-senate-resign-poll-257554

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Response to Jose Garcia (Reply #6)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 02:18 PM

7. Don't confuse the issue

 

with facts.

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Response to Trumpocalypse (Reply #7)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 03:23 PM

11. A Politico article from late 2017

If that is a source of facts, then so is Sean Hannity.

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Response to DFW (Reply #11)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 03:28 PM

12. Was referring to the poll.

 

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 03:15 PM

8. Where is Franken?

 

Why hasnít he been doing commentary on CNN or MSNBC? Or at least showing up on late night shows?

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Response to Trumpocalypse (Reply #8)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 03:21 PM

9. He has been spending less time in DC lately

And more time back in Minnesota. He still enjoys immense popularity there and likes being among friends, although he still has quite a few close ones in Washington. As for being in the public limelight, some people are addicted to that. He is not one of them.

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Response to DFW (Reply #9)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 03:23 PM

10. He doesn't have to be on every day or

 

even every week. Itís like heís in hiding.

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Response to Trumpocalypse (Reply #10)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 03:30 PM

13. Hardly, just not seeking media attention

One DU member ran into him in a bagel shop in Minnesota recently. Not seeking out media attention is not the same as hiding. Bill Clinton has been having a great time playing with his grandchildren lately. You havenít seen him talk about it on Colbert, but he isnít in hiding either. We have no right to dictate these peopleís schedules.

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Response to DFW (Reply #13)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 03:34 PM

14. Clinton is running a major charity

 

and is still far more visible.

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Response to Trumpocalypse (Reply #14)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 03:56 PM

16. He is still not seeking the constant limelight, and he now has enough money to vanish if he wants

You'd have to look up his appearances, and I'll bet you can't cite his last one without looking it up. Neither Bill Clinton nor Al are appearing in the media regularly, and definitely not on the talk shows, and Clinton is a former two term president. Obviously he is more visible. But Bush II and Cheney are keeping rather quiet, too, and no one is accusing them of hiding. Apparently Al still has a few people still obsessed with his every move, but he is not one of them, either.

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Response to DFW (Reply #16)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 05:32 PM

19. No need to get so defensive

 

Itís not about constantly seeking the limelight either. But as many here have stated Franken was a great voice. But I canít recall a single appearance that heís made since he resigned. Iím just wondering why.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 03:44 PM

15. Oh jeebus.

let it go. Concentrate on the multitude of talent we DO have.

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Response to Maru Kitteh (Reply #15)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 03:57 PM

17. The multitude of talent for Senators from Minnesota?

OK, I guess you have a longer list than I do.

Wow, I thought it was just the Republicans that were constantly in a bad mood.

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Response to DFW (Reply #17)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 05:26 PM

18. My apologies. I did not read carefully at all. I thought this was another "AF for Prez" post.

I LOVE Al Franken. I would like to see him RUN for office again, not be appointed.

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