Al Franken Endorses Liz Cheney, Hilarity Ensues

Former U.S. Sen. Al Franken on Saturday announced his endorsement of Rep. Liz Cheney. The comedian, who resigned from the senate after sexual misconduct allegations, sarcastically said his support "will carry a lot of weight with Wyoming Republicans."

Jimmy Orr

August 14, 20222 min read

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(Cowboy State Daily Staff)

It’s a weird conclusion to a weird congressional race.

Former U.S. Sen. Al Franken on Saturday announced he was endorsing Wyoming’s Liz Cheney in her re-election bid.

While doing so, the longtime comedian and one of the most liberal members of Congress in his short-lived stint in public service, said sarcastically that his endorsement will certainly boost Cheney’s campaign.

“I’ve decided to endorse Liz Cheney for the Republican nomination for the House seat In Wyoming,” Franken tweeted.  “It’s my first time endorsing in a GOP primary. But I think Al Franken’s support will carry a lot of weight with WY Republicans.”

Franken, who had a more successful career on Saturday Night Live than he did in the U.S. Senate, lasted 10 years in Congress resigning in early 2018 after sexual misconduct allegations.

Not surprisingly, Cheney did not retweet his support although many Republicans did and not in flattering ways.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, who has already endorsed Cheney challenger Harriet Hageman, said “Kinda says it all,” in his retweet.

Conservative columnist Kurt Schlichter acknowledged the endorsement as well prefacing his retweet by saying, “Noted sexual harasser makes his choice.”

While Sirius XM radio host and fellow comedian Tim Young tweeted the photo which doomed Franken along with the words “That’s a very gripping endorsement, Al.”

The primary election in Wyoming is on Tuesday, August 16.

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Jimmy Orr

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A third-generation Wyomingite, Jimmy Orr is the executive editor and co-founder of Cowboy State Daily.