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Coleman hits Franken for SNL skit

Posted at 2:59 PM on September 21, 2008 by Tom Scheck (5 Comments)

Politico is reporting that DFL U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken helped craft this Saturday Night Live skit on John McCain.

At first, Franken's campaign denied that he wrote the script but admitted he was involved in it when pressed:

Franken's input to the show blindsided his campaign staff, who have been forced to explain away some of the more crass and profane parts of his past writing and acting that have been used as fodder against him in a state known for its polite manners.

A spokeswoman for Franken, Colleen Murray, first said the Democratic Senate candidate "didn't write anything for SNL tonight." But pressed if he was involved in the show or had been in contact with staff members, Murray admitted Franken had a role in Saturday's program.

Republican incumbent Norm Coleman's campaign issued a statement saying ""Al Franken can't help himself. Once again he proves he's more interested in entertainment than service, and ridiculing those with whom he disagrees..."

Question of the Day: Does it matter?


Comments (5)


Actually, I think that we should all ask Norm Coleman about where Norm Coleman stands?

1) In hindsight, would you change any of your supportive votes for the Bush policies? Why or why not?

2) Do you support doubling our national debt to continue bailout of the financial system?

So Al Franken still has a good sense of humor when it comes to politics - like that is a bad thing?

Posted by Grace Kelly | September 21, 2008 3:18 PM


It doesn't matter. Al Franken had a phone conversation. They used the idea from the phone conversation in a skit. Franken worked for SNL for many years and still talks with people at SNL. It's a non-story.

Coleman's campaign has been desperate to bring up anything they possibly can to distract from issues - so it is no surprise that they are pushing so hard to make sure this is the story instead of Coleman's record or any sustainable debate on anything Minnesotans actually care about.

Posted by Aaron | September 21, 2008 3:38 PM


Yes it matters.

So when he is a Senator he will take SNL phone calls about the oppistion to a bill and have them make fun of the other Senator just to be mean, petty etc.

How is that working together. What if John McCain wins, will Fraken be able to work with him on legislation? Will the veto pen be a little easier because Fraken suppoted, wrote or authored the bill?

That is why I am voting Barkley.

Posted by Brian Hanf | September 22, 2008 8:57 AM



What would Obama say? Is this change we can believe in or more of the same left/right bashing?

Vote for Barkley to show that this pointless fighting is not acceptable.

Posted by Andy | September 22, 2008 10:52 AM


Does the Coleman Campaign's opposition to this satirical piece mean they support the kind of campaign ads that the skit portrays? It seems that they do, otherwise they would have been wise and agreed with the intent of the skit.

It's as if Coleman took the bait and revealed his true colors. He did the very thing that the skit disparages.

Posted by Judy Chucker | September 23, 2008 9:11 AM



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