Sex Robots Haunt Franken's Senate Bid

Comedian's past continues to plague Dem run in Minnesota
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2008 12:39 PM CDT
Confetti falls around former comedian Al Franken after he accepted the Democratic endorsement for U.S. Senate Senate from Minnesota Saturday, June 7, 2008.   (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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(Newser) – It’s not easy being a comedian-turned-Senate candidate. Al Franken’s bid to replace first-term Minnesota Republican Norm Coleman has hit some speed bumps lately, Bloomberg reports. Though Franken has nabbed the party’s endorsement, he’s been dogged by bits from his past—like a 2000 Playboy article entitled Porn-O-Rama, which describes human-robot sex in graphic detail—and the GOP isn't hesitating to dredge up more.

“Most of the stuff I wrote was really funny and really appropriate,” the former Saturday Night Live star says. “Some of it wasn’t.” Franken’s also been dogged by back-tax issues, to the dismay of supporters. "Democrats in Minnesota are just pulling their hair out,'' one analyst said. "You've got an environment that's very favorable to Democrats and a Republican incumbent who's clearly vulnerable.''