Well, that was anti-climatic. DFL delegates endorsed Al Franken on the first ballot to run against Republican Sen. Norm Coleman. The radio host and comedian garnered support from 62 percent of delegates, just over the threshold required for party backing.
Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, who received support from 35 percent of voters, immediately conceded and the party faithful endorsed Franken by acclamation. The strong show of support from delegates comes as Franken’s campaign has battled weeks of bad press over his tax problems and questions about his past writings. Attorney Mike Ciresi, who dropped out of the race in March, has repeatedly stated that he is considering re-entering the contest.
Franken wasted no time taking on Coleman. “On issue after issue he hasn’t brought people together to get things done,” Franken said of the incumbent in his victory speech. “He’s sold people out to get nothing.”
Franken vowed to work tirelessly to win back the senate seat that was previously held by Paul Wellstone. “I’m not a perfect person and I’m not going to attempt to have all the answers,” Franken told the convention. “But I’ll tell the truth. I will keep my spine. And I will work for you.”