Al Franken, who was one of the pioneering writers on SNL and later became a cast member, has said he is thinking about running for the Democratic senate seat of Minnesota.
Franken is currently host of the syndicated radio show The O'Franken Factor on liberal radio network Air America. When asked by The New York Times if he would run for office, he replied, "I am not sure that I am running yet. Part of the calculus is where the radio show goes. I don't want to leave them in the lurch."
In the early years of Saturday Night Live, Franken and his partner, Tom Davis, wrote sketches and performed bits as "Franken and Davis." Later, Franken became a full-fledged cast member, creating the recurring character of self-help guru Stuart Smalley. Franken has also written two best-selling books, Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot and Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them.
John Van Hecke, campaign manager for the Minnesota House Democratic caucus, said he had no problem with Franken running for office, stating, "Al is no better or no worse, no more or less qualified, than anyone else who has expressed interest in running in 2008. Al says what a lot of people are thinking, but says it in a way that is a lot funnier."