October 14, 2004

Lileks for Senate

On the heels of Al Franken’s rumored candidacy for a U.S. Senate seat in Minnesota when it comes time to face Norm Coleman, a group of “Minny” bloggers are attempting to draft James Lileks to run in the 2006 Senate race against Mark Dayton. I can’t see how either idea could possibly work, although Lileks would certainly be at an advantage should the subject of obscure sci-fi or Goofy ever come up in a debate. Then again, we all know James and Nat’s favorite mall is Southdale, where the most prominent department store is… Dayton’s.

Though for a state that’s elected a college professor (Paul Wellstone), a news anchor (Rod Grams) and a pro wrestler (Jesse Ventura) to statewide office in the last 15 years, I suppose none of the above would be much of a stretch.

UPDATE: Lileks addresses the rumors:

“If nominated, I will not run. If elected, I will not serve. If mailed the paychecks nevertheless, I will cash them with a heavy heart: really, the people of Minnesota deserve so much better.”
And speaking of Franken, do you think he’s done yet with his chortling about the O’Reilly sex thing?

Posted by Stephen Silver at October 14, 2004 09:48 PM
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