Skip to comments.Al Franken Getting Celebrity Support (for Senate run)
Posted on 07/29/2006 8:02:13 AM PDT by Mr. Brightside
July 28, 2006
Al Franken Getting Celebrity Support
By FREDERIC J. FROMMER
WASHINGTON (AP) -
The list of contributors to comedian Al Franken's political action committee reads like a celebrity who's who: singer Barbra Streisand, writer-director Nora Ephron, actor-writer Larry David and actor Jimmy Smits.
Franken, who hosts a radio show on the liberal Air America Radio network, is considering challenging Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., in 2008. Franken moved his show from New York City to Minneapolis earlier this year, fueling speculation of a possible bid.
His leadership PAC, Midwest Values PAC, raised $500,000, according to a review of campaign finance reports. Franken couldn't use the money for his own race, but he can contribute to other candidates, engendering goodwill.
He has used the cash to contribute to national Democratic Party organizations, Minnesota Senate candidate Amy Klobuchar and House candidates Coleen Rowley, Tim Walz and Patty Wetterling,
Among the contributors to the PAC were actor Larry Hagman, directors Christopher Guest and Barry Levinson, and writers Harold Ramis and Aaron Sorkin.
"Curb Your Enthusiasm" star Larry David said he couldn't refuse Franken.
"Al is a friend of mine, so more than anything, when friends ask me to do things, I have a hard time saying no to people. If he asked me to drive him to the airport, I'd do that too," David said in an interview Friday.
Franken, a former "Saturday Night Live" writer and performer, said that most of the contributors are people he knows from the business.
"These are people who do quality work who I'm very, very proud to be associated with," he said in an interview.
Franken says he still hasn't decided whether to run for the Senate. Coleman's office declined to comment, but his campaign is already making an issue of Franken's Hollywood money.
"One of my potential opponents is comedian Al Franken," Coleman wrote in a fundraising letter a few months ago, "but there's nothing funny about his venomous 'Air America' liberal radio show, his high-powered and deep-pocketed Hollywood friends, his national network of Bush-haters or the magnitude of his personal wealth."
I hope the candidate's debate is run by Michael Medved!
The liberal insanity goes on. But on the other hand, if you look at the libs in the Senate today, Franken fits right in...
Run al run!!
I'd drive him there too.
Don't forget to turn left when you hit the bridge in Chappaquiddick
If Minnesotans elect this guy (they did elect Ventura, remember), then they get what they deserve.
As a life long resident of the midwest, I'de like to tell both Al Gore and Franken to shove it.
""Al is a friend of mine, so more than anything, when friends ask me to do things, I have a hard time saying no to people. If he asked me to drive him to the airport, I'd do that too," David said in an interview Friday."
Not exactly what I'd call a ringing endorsement.
Al can run but he has no sustance which is exactly why the left when unleashed trashes around like a patient having siezures.
I note that when rich liberals fund a candidate, it's just wonderful. Not so if rich conservatives fund a candidate.
CeLIBrity support...the same old has-beens/wannabes.
You beat me to it....I was going to say with boxer-shorts; dirty hairy; peloski; frankenstine; kennedy; kurry;mc chiney; he has all his friends around him.
Maybe he could talk sheehan to run to...quite a hen party it would be....
I guess this means that his Err America gig isn't working out.
Jimmy Smitts is no longer on my movie watch list.
And I so wanted to see Miss Congeniality.
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