Alert: Al Franken Missing

Alert: Al Franken Missing

Minneapolis, Minn. – Al Franken has been missing in action this election season. Dodging reporters, and even Minnesotans, not even bothering to hold one town hall. Al Franken has essentially left Minnesotans in the dark.

“Al Franken has gone AWOL this election season, effectively hiding from the press and from Minnesotans,” said Keith Downey, Chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota. “Maybe it’s because Al Franken is running from his record of voting with President Obama 97 percent of the time, or maybe it’s because he’s afraid to confront the threat of ISIS, or maybe it’s because 140,000 Minnesotans were kicked off of their healthcare. With a record like that it’s no wonder Al Franken doesn’t want to face the people of Minnesota.”


Al Franken runs away from reporters. “So as we walked through the gymnasium outside toward the campus’s small parking lot, I asked Franken a perfunctory question about his work with job-training programs, and a minute later, as we approached his car, how he rated President Obama’s handling of the economy. ‘I can’t do that briefly, we have to run,’ Franken said. Then he got in his car and left.”
(Josh Kraushaar, “Finding Al Franken,” National Journal, August 28, 2014)

Franken has held no town halls in Minnesota. “In his campaigning, Franken seldom strays into a venue where he might be challenged on his views. He’s held no town halls, and his interactions with people are limited. His advisers point out he was at the Minnesota State Fair almost every day. But the line to see Franken snaked around the booth, and fairgoers found themselves quickly hustled to a rapid-fire handshake, a quick photo with the senator and a parting souvenir — a “Franken fan’’ consisting of a picture of Franken’s head on a stick.”
(Allison Sherry, “Franken’s campaign recipe: lot of policy, dash of humor,” Star Tribune, September 28, 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)

The U.S. is becoming a less safe place because of Al Franken. “He later said Franken was ‘asleep at the wheel’ after the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported on a federal grand jury investigation of an attempt to convince 20 to 30 Somali men to leave Minnesota and join ISIS.”
(Benjamin Siegel, “How ISIS Is Complicating Al Franken’s Reelection Bid,” ABC News,September 15, 2014)

140,000 Minnesotans Will Lose Their Plans. “At least 140,000 Minnesotans who buy health insurance on their own are being notified that their plans will no longer be available under the new federal health care law, adding to the national furor over canceled policies that has overtaken the health care debate.”
(Kevin Diaz, At least 140,000 Minnesotans Will Lose Current Health Policies, Star Tribune,October 31, 2013)

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