Since his narrow election to the Senate in 2009, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has labored to create a new image for himself as a studious wonk. But it looks like he still retains the racy sense of humor that originally landed him on Saturday Night Live.
A new video obtained by Breitbart News shows the former comedian and left-wing pundit playing with a pair of traffic cones pretending they were a pair of female breasts.
Franken is seen in the video holding two cones to his chest and grinning in an apparent flash of comedy.
The footage was taken in June 2012 at a fundraiser breakfast in Paradise Valley, Arizona, according to a source who provided the video.The event was held in support of Democratic Senate candidate Dr. Richard Carmona, who challenged Republican Senator Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), R-Ariz. after Sen. Jon Kyl, R-AZ retired.
Franken has worked diligently to put his comedian image behind him, instead focusing on crafting a public persona as a serious legislator. For instance, he almost always refuses to speak with national media in the halls of the U.S. Capitol, engaging only with local media.
“The Republicans, I think, at first were a little like, ‘Oh, he’s a satirist who uses scorn and ridicule against Republicans,’ and then after they got to meet me, they were like, ‘Oh, he’s a comedian,'” Franken told Politico in a rare interview in 2012.
The profile also revealed that Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) angrily told Franken, “This isn’t Saturday Night Live, Al,” after Franken seemed to mock him on the Senate floor. Franken later apologized to McConnell.
Behind the scenes, as the new video shows, Franken maintains his sometimes off-color humor, even lending laugh lines to Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), R-KY.
A new local ABC – KSTP-TV poll shows that Franken is only earning a 46 percent approval rating in Minnesota and a 42 percent disapproval rating.His Democratic colleague in the Senate has a much higher rating of 63 percent.
President Obama only has a 36 percent approval rating in the poll while 54 percent disapprove of his job performance.