Entertainer and political pundit Al Franken made his long-expected announcement today that he'll seek election to the Senate in Minnesota in 2008.
Personally, I look forward to an exciting and interesting campaign. I think MORE comics should get into politics. It seems that whenever actors or sports figures are elected, it usually ends up being a disaster...how could putting a comedian into the Senate be anything other than totally entertaining?
Plus, anyone who disses Rush Limbaugh in the TITLE of a New York Times bestseller is A-OK in my book!
You can visit Al Franken's campaign website by going to AlFranken.Com.
Franken is fond of quoting Paul Wellstone in his speeches:
"The future belongs to those who are passionate and work hard."
Here's the text from Franken's announcement:
I’m gonna run for the United States Senate.
I’m not a professional politician. I know I’m going to make some mistakes. And it’s going to be the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
But I’m going to work hard. I’m going to enjoy being among my friends, my neighbors, and even the people in Minnesota who might not be my fans, yet. And I will never, ever, ever forget how much of a privilege it is to be able to speak with people about the things that matter to me. I’ve had that privilege on this show for three years. And I look forward to having that privilege on the campaign trail and, if I prove worthy of your support, in the Senate.
I want to thank my listeners for extending me this privilege. And before I go, I just want to say. Keep listening. Keep talking. And keep doing. When we band together we can do amazing things. From sending helmet liners to Marines in Iraq to providing health care for people who have no other way of getting it. To changing the nature of our government and the course of our nation.