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April 20, 2007

Al Franken "like[s] Minnesotans" (and Big Hollywood Money)

Al Franken isn't simply a Hollywood/New York carpetbagging blow-in who wants to spend his time in Washington rather than back home with the cheese-eating, bean-feeding yokels in Minnesota. No sirree! From this:
"I like Minnesotans - always have," said Franken, who was born in New York City but grew up in the Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis Park. "They are earnest, decent people who have fun. They seem to get me - they understand what a joke is. That's why I'm not so worried about what the Republicans are trying to do" - a reference to GOP efforts to use some of his off-color remarks against him.
How homespun! Of course, since those yokels aren't exactly lining up to open their wallets, he's got to get money from somewhere:
Franken told [the audience at a fundraiser in Los Angeles] that while Coleman takes money from "Big Tobacco" and "Big Oil," he'll be raising money from "Big Comedy" - and that he wouldn't be writing any congressional earmarks for [Tom Hanks].

Hanks then walked out of the room and slammed the door, Franken recalled in an interview Wednesday. Returning to applause, the actor pointed to Franken and the two said in unison, "Big Comedy."

...The Los Angeles fundraiser, held at the home of "Seinfeld" co-creator Larry David and his wife Laurie, brought in about $200,000, and another fundraiser in San Francisco yielded about $90,000, Franken said. That helped him pull in $1.35 million in the first quarter of the year, despite not raising any money until he announced his candidacy Feb. 14. Coleman raised $1.53 million during the quarter.
Laurie David is, of course, the Queen of Global Warming, often flying to appearances in a private jet. While he might not be beholden to Big Pharma, Franken will clearly owe some favors to Big Hollywood and Big Global Warming.

Posted in StuartSmalley at April 20, 2007 12:11 AM

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