Al Franken to Write Psychological ‘Thriller’ About His Tenure in Washington

Stuart Smalley

Now safely reelected to his second term in the United States Senate, Sen. Al Franken is returning to his roots as a writer, and plans to author a “psychological thriller” about his short time in Washington.

The longtime Saturday Night Live writer, and later cast member, who is perhaps most remembered for his portrayal of ambiguous self-help guru Stuart Smalley in the 1990s, is seeking a publisher for a still-untitled memoir, according to Page Six.

In the “thriller,” Franken will recount “the frustrations and the hopes of life in the Senate,” Page Six reports, and will offer readers a few jokes, here and there.

The 64-year-old is currently in the process of finding a publisher through his representative, Washington attorney Robert Barnett.

Barnett has also worked with President Barack Obama and Sen Elizabeth Warren.

Franken has had success in writing outside the world of comedy and satire, particularly in politics. In 1996 he authored Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations, which he followed up with with 2003’s Lies And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right.

An ardent critic of the “Right,” he narrowly defeated Norm Coleman by 312 votes in 2008 and was again declared the winner of Minnesota’s Senate race in Nov. 2014, soundly beating Republican challenger Mike McFadden.

Franken has one of the most liberal voting records in all of the Senate.


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