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Al Franken to challenge Coleman for U.S. Senate seat in Minnesota

The radio talk show host, author and kick-ass political wit is wrapping up his radio show on Valentine’s Day, and has announced that he’s going to make a run for the Senate in 2008. He would face Rethug Norm “Dumpster Diver” Coleman. (Star Tribune):

The Star Tribune confirmed today that Franken made calls to at least two members of the Minnesota congressional delegation in Washington to break the news. The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity, not wanting to pre-empt Franken’s announcement.

“From his voice to my ears, he’s running,” said one House member, who relayed the remark via his press secretary.

…Coleman has had little to say about Franken, but in an interview last year he said he expected him to be “a very strong voice for the far left” and a strong fundraiser.

…Franken expects his years in New York to be an issue in the campaign but has had a ready line as he promotes himself to Minnesota audiences: “If I do run against Norm Coleman in `08, I’ll be the only New York Jew in the race who actually grew up in Minnesota.”

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