Eagan, Minn. – Senator Al Franken (D-MN) is now running full-sprint from his record as the most loyal Democrat in the Senate, the Mike McFadden for U.S. Senate campaign said today. The Franken for Senate campaign is out with a new ad in which Franken claims to work well with Republicans in the Senate. Earlier this month, National Journal reported that Franken has broken with his party leadership only twice this year, making him the most loyal Democrat in the Senate. In January, Politico reported that Franken is the Senator least likely to reach across the aisle and co-sponsor bipartisan legislation.
“Al Franken, who votes with President Obama 97% of the time, is the most loyal, partisan Democrat in Washington. That is a fact,” said McFadden spokesman Tom Erickson. “For Senator Franken to make the audacious claim that he is bipartisan is a whopper of a lie. Franken broke from his party only twice in the past year and is the Senator least likely to reach across the aisle to work on bipartisan legislation. If Senator Franken is lying about his work with Republicans, it really makes you wonder what else he isn’t being honest about.”
FALSE FRANKEN CLAIM: ANNOUNCER: “Franken owes much of his success so far to his ability to forge alliances with Republican Senators.” (Source: Franken TV Ad, August 27, 2014)
THE FACTS: Franken Is Most Loyal, Most Partisan Democrat In The Senate:
REPORT: Sen. Franken Is The Most Loyal Democrat In The Senate, Breaking With His Party Just Twice In The Last Year. “Looking back to 2014, there’s a notable name on the other end of the Senate’s party unity scale. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., is running for a second term after winning his first by just 312 votes in 2008. But Franken has only voted against his party twice out of 161 votes in 2013 and 2014, a 99 percent record that beats Elizabeth Warren’s.” (Scott Bland, “Vulnerable Incumbents Were Most Likely to Stray From Party Line This Congress,” National Journal, August 19, 2014)
REPORT: Sen. Franken Is The Most Partisan Senator In Washington. “The most likely to co-sponsor a bipartisan bill in the House was Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah), with 73.1 percent of the bills he co-sponsored introduced by a member of the other party. The least was Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), with 1.2 percent of the bills he co-sponsored authored by someone on the other side of the aisle. In the Senate, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) led the way, with 72.9 percent of her bills. Last among senators counted was Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), at 9.7 percent.” (Tal Koplan, “Report: David Vitter, Alan Grayson introduce most bills,” Politico, January 9, 2014)
Star Tribune’s Doug Tice Likens Franken To A Mindless Chicken Pecking For Corn.“Franken has become a typical climber on Capitol Hill: He almost always votes in lockstep with the majority of his party, demonstrating all the independence of mind of a well-trained rooster pecking the proper button to obtain a kernel of corn.” (Doug Tice, “Franken’s ‘rubber stamp’ ways are pretty normal,” Minneapolis Star Tribune, August 16, 2014)
WCCO-TV: It’s True That Franken Votes With Obama 97% Of The Time. “The ad, with a humorous tone, ties Franken to Obama with a very Minnesotan insult: a Franken look-alike struggling to back his boat into the water. ‘Al Franken keeps missing the mark. Badly,’ the ad says. ‘Franken has a 97 percent voting record with President Obama.’ McFadden’s claim is true. In every year since 2008, Franken overwhelmingly voted with the Democrats and President Obama.” (Pat Kessler, “Reality Check: Ad Slams Franken’s Record Voting In Line With Obama,” WCCO-TV, August 25, 2014)