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August 08, 2008

McCollum endorses Franken

Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) has decided to back comedian Al Franken in the Minnesota Senate race after previously declining to endorse his candidacy over his past, lewd writings in Playboy magazine.

From McCollum, in a statement on her campaign Web site:

As I look forward to 2009, I want to be represented in the U.S. Senate by two Minnesota senators who will support and vote to advance our positive, action oriented Democratic agenda to strengthen our economy, keep our nation secure, and invest in our country's future. That means in this year's race for the U.S. Senate I will be voting for Al Franken.

This spring I voiced concerns about material from Al's past career. To have remained silent when asked would have been hypocritical and dishonest. I am confident my concerns have been heard and since then I have watched Al's campaign take steps to address these matters. Now, I believe Al and his campaign are appropriately focused on building a solid relationship with voters based on our shared Minnesota values, ideals, and hopes for the future. Like all candidates, Al understands that he is not only asking Minnesotans for their vote, but for their trust. As November 4th approaches, Al Franken will earn the trust of Minnesotans and I intend to work with him to win this election.

McCollum drew a lot of attention in May when she declined to join many of her Democratic colleagues in support of Franken’s campaign. At the time, she told Politico that his past writings “makes me question the judgment of someone who would write this. And this person is now a candidate representing Minnesota.”