Comedian Al Franken has announced that he will run for the U.S. Senate in Minnesota, seeking to oust Republican incumbent Norm Coleman in 2008. He is giving up his Air America radio talk show to run.
Minnesota is indulgent of nontraditional politicians, as witness former Gov. Jesse “The Body” Ventura, and has a tradition of robust political activism.
His day job aside, Franken is a serious student of politics and a prominent figure in liberal Democratic circles. Besides, if he wins it will be something of a novelty to have someone in Congress who is funny intentionally.