Today, as the first round of the Independent's endorsements hit the streets, the Democratic joke-maker from the north, Sen. Al Franken, jumped into the fray of our contentious and tight Senate race to back his colleague/buddy, Sen. Michael Bennet. In a press release, Franken lauded Bennet's accomplishments during his brief time in Washington, begged for money in this high-priced campaign, and blasted Bennet's opponent, Ken Buck, as a "Tea Party clone" (which is about the nicest way to put it).
First and foremost, Michael is a tremendous asset to the Senate. He sits with me on the Senate committee responsible for education policy. Right now, our most pressing responsibility is the reauthorization of the Elementary Secondary Education Act, sometimes known as No Child Left Behind. As superintendent of the Denver Public Schools, Michael wrestled first hand with the egregious shortcomings of NCLB and successfully transformed the Denver schools.
And, apparently because Franken has a need to always remind us of his own background in comedy, he wraps up by pointing out that Bennet is a funny guy; he credits him with this jab at the critics of the current Congress: "Never has a Congress been accused both of fomenting a Bolshevik Revolution and also of doing nothing."