GOP State Rep Enters Race For Al Franken’s Seat

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports:

State Sen. Karin Housley announced in an e-mail to supporters and YouTube video that she is running in the 2018 special election to replace the departing U.S. Sen. Al Franken.

“I’ll work, hard, play fair, do the right thing and get things done,” said the St. Marys Point Republican, who was first elected to the state senate in 2012.

Housley is the first Republican to announce a candidacy. In her video, she mostly avoids partisan and ideological rhetoric, talking about her upbringing in South St. Paul to two public school teachers and family life that includes husband Phil, an NHL coach, and four children.

In her launch clip Housley also mentions that she will fight to protect “the unborn.”

Last week Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton announced that he will appoint Lt. Gov. Tina Smith for the remainder of Franken’s term.

For his part, Franken has left the date of his departure open-ended, causing some (mostly on the right) to speculate that he might not actually resign.

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    HI I’m Karin and I’m so white that Miracle Whip is too spicy for me.

    • Raising_Rlyeh

      Being from MN that probably adds to it.

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    • Paul Ohbehr L

      Ha! As a native born Minnesotan, I approve this message. Thank you. Lol.

  • Brian

    Right. We need an advocate for all in Congress … not someone like Karin Housley, and certainly not some other jackass member of the GOP who will continue our national decline.

  • Pollos Hermanos
    • Bryan

      “You’re just too good to be true. Can’t take my eyes off of you…”

  • Boreal
  • HZ81

    Um, no.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Treant

      I realize they can’t really tell the truth, but I’d love it if somebody got up there and simply said, “You’re lying thieves and murderers. I can’t believe the American people haven’t revolted and beheaded every last one of you assholes. Fuck off.”

  • Jerry Hinnant

    Great! Another Bimbo Barbie!

  • Boreal

    She looks like she should be on Fucks Noise.

    • AJ Drew

      that image apparently causes me to have a temporal lobe seizure because looking at it I suddenly smell a mix of peroxide, diet coke, and tic-tacs.

      • Boreal

        Also botox.

        • MT YVR

          And endless, ENDLESS repression, sadness and loathing.

          Oop. Just saw a couple of the ones with the stink of crazy there.. So that too. It’s a heady mix, it is.

  • Treant

    Mind you, I’m pretty sure the seat is safely Dem…although Franken didn’t win it by as much as I would have thought he should have.

    • Mark_in_MN

      I wouldn’t be so sure. The state has become rather purple.

  • Cuberly Deux

    It’s a big ole country out there, lots of issues to address, it’s complicated.

    And here we have yet another abortion fetishist and religio-nutbag.

    • AJ Drew

      “Nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated!” Hey, let’s just get rid of it entirely, and anything else we can’t be bothered to try to understand!

    • DesertSun59

      And she MUST make it clear that she hates the gays who are not her ‘friends’. Otherwise, she won’t get those important church endorsements.

  • Boreal

    ‘Now more than ever, we need the voice of a b̶u̶s̶i̶n̶e̶s̶s̶w̶o̶m̶a̶n̶ competent statesman/woman,who is not a religious, republican hack and know nothing.’

  • ted-

    “unborn” does not have any rights.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      They’re working on that

      • ted-

        Over my dead body

  • Tomcat

    Protect the unborn and screw the born, that is the call of the GOP.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      Ask this shrill if she supports CHIP…..

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    “Sure, everybody wants to protect the unborn. I’m running to protect the undead. Have you seen the way they treat us!”

    • JackFknTwist

      You got a lot of competition for that nomination.

  • picalane

    It is my hope that Franken will not resign.

    • Tomcat

      That ship sailed already.

      • Tomcat

        However, he CAN run again in 2018 against her.

        • thatotherjean

          I’d love to see that happen. Some of the Democrats who ganged up on him to convince him to resign are now having “second thoughts.” No kidding, idiots–but you’re too late to clean up the mess you all made.

        • Chucktech

          He can and he should. It would truly be a matter of “Letting his constituents decide.”

        • JCF

          If he runs again for anything, I think it should be for Governor. [And after that, who knows?]

    • thatotherjean

      Yes ,Franken might change his mind; but I suspect it’s too late for that, dammit.

  • PickyPecker

    I know this woman (marginally) as well as her douche husband, Phil (NHL HallOFamer).
    They’ve made tons of money. They live on the banks of the beautiful St. Croix river outside of small town called Stillwater. It’s a mansion by all standards. They live the high life.
    This is clearly (and always has been) a case of ‘I’ve got mine…fuck you.’ She has everything and wants to play politics to ease her boredom and possibly what is left of her conscience.
    Yes, typical rethuglicans. Hopefully the people of MN will see right through the thin veil she is projecting.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Tomcat

      Yes, the giving away of America has taken the GOP decades, but by golly they have now done it.

    • Karl Dubhe 2

      Centuries, actually…

      Don’t worry, Paul and his fiends will make the dreams of John C. Calhoon come true.

  • Matt

    Just say NO to anyone with an (R) after their name.

  • whatever, honey. any woman who is a member of today’s republican party is as stupid and wrong as a jewish nazi. i don’t care what lies you have to say. i know very well if elected, you’ll vote along party lines, every time, no matter how many people that bill will kill.

    • thatotherjean

      “Democrats fall in love. Republicans fall in line.” It’s as true as ever.

  • Guest

    “Now more than ever, we need the voice of a businesswoman”……
    May we ask “WHY?” We have a businessman in the WH, how’s that working out for us?

  • Harveyrabbit

    “I’ll work, hard, play fair, do the right thing and get things done,”

    “Just like all my other colleagues in the Republican Party” she added trying her best not to smirk.

  • Chucktech

    So, you’re going to run for Franken’s seat. In 2018. A seat that would have been just fine util 2020 if Franken hadn’t fallen on his sword been forced into martyrdom.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    I love how republicans constantly talk about being fair and defenders of liberty and such all while fucking over the least among Americans, trying to deny civil rights and pretty much do all they can to subjugate anyone who isn’t in lockstep with their “fuck’em all, we got ours” attitude.

  • Chucktech

    According to Politico, Manchin is one of four senators actively urging Franken to not resign. Good. He shouldn’t.

    • Friday

      Really, I think it’s only fair if he hangs on till the freaking Republicans clean house, too.

      • -M-

        Not to mention until after both the holiday recess and Doug Jones’s swearing in.

  • DesertSun59


    Adding even more horrific Republicans to the Senate will be the nail in the empire’s coffin.

  • JT

    Karin: I will put everything up for grabs with the President. That’s why I’m Republican.

  • I love dim sum

    Franken got what he deserved, I’m glad he had to resign. Bernie won his state’s primaries in a landslide, yet Franken defied the will of the people in his state and voted for Hillary. He’s trash and I’m glad he got his comeuppance.

    • Friday

      Uh, your personal vote isn’t about the ‘will of the people.’ It’s about yours.

      • djcoastermark

        Please note that dimsum is nothing more than a vile posting troll 99.999% of the time. Except for the one time it posted it was signing off for the night.

        • Friday

          Always was obvious.

    • Mike_in_the_Tundra

      Do you understand how our government works? The only vote that a senator makes for president is their own vote in an election. Why do you feel that the people of Minnesota didn’t want Hillary Clinton as president? Also, you do realize that Minnesota doesn’t have a primary, right?

      • Paul Ohbehr L

        He’s obviously clueless that Minnesota has a caucus system that Bernie won. Yet in the end, no one is beholden to that vote, necessarily, when even Bernie said to vote for Hillary.

    • Paul Ohbehr L

      Are you even a Minnesotan. If not. The your ‘vote’ doesn’t count. And Bernie is dead in the water for 2020. He’s too old to run again. Most people will want someone younger and probably a woman too. And not Bernie’s picks for VP now.

      • I love dim sum

        You say he’s too old but you guys want to run Biden in 2020. You can have a seat now.

        • Oh’behr in Minnesota

          Snort. Biden. I don’t want Biden. I never said I want Biden. Buh Bye now.

  • -M-

    Franken needs to wait until we get through the holidays without Drumpf installing a stooge to sideline Mueller.

  • Randolph Finder

    I hope you do as well your husband’s team (Buffalo Sabres) do this year.

  • Jay Silversmith

    Well, we see how amazing a “wealthy businessman” in the white house is working, so why not elect a “wealthy businesswoman?” What could possibly go wrong?

  • JackNasty

    Hey Kirsten Gillibrand, how’d that witch hunt work out for you?

    Maybe due process is important after all.

    • Tread

      She definitely removed a presidential contender out of the way. Her constituents are less than pleased.

  • Mark_in_MN

    Never heard of her. I don’t know about Republican circles in th state, but she hasn’t been someone front and center for the gerneral public here.

  • anne marie in philly

    “I have 4 kids, so that makes me a shoo-in for the seat, don’tcha know!” STFU, bitch! you can NEVER be the leader that al franken is!

  • JCF

    “In her launch clip Housley also mentions that she will fight to protect [overwhelmingly, First Trimester zygotes/embryos]””

  • normadesmond

    Yes, one of my clients (a republican) announced to me that Franken won’t leave. It hadn’t occurred to me but I love the idea! This GOP twat doesn’t worry me, but they’re already floating Tim Pawlenty’s name and THAT worries me.