Look out Sen. Al Franken; talk radio host Jason Lewis will soon replace you in the U.S. Senate.
Conservative-libertarian talk radio host Jason Lewis is seriously entertaining a run against Minnesota Sen. Al Franken in 2014. It will not be a slam-dunk, but Lewis can pull off a win for the following four reasons:
1. Franken Never Won Fair and Square
Remember when Franken “beat” former St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman by a scant 312 votes in 2008 and 1,009 votes were later determined to come from felons? Well, this time around, everyone in the country will be paying close attention to the voting process and the votes that come through for Franken. Felons will not be able to just slip in and potentially determine the contest.
2. Franken is not Klobuchar
Last fall, Kurt Bills made a strong and courageous run against Franken’s pal in the senate, Sen. Amy Klobuchar. But he lost. Big time. Klobuchar beat Bills by over 2 to 1, garnering 60.5 percent of the vote compared to his 31.1 percent.
Klobuchar has a massive following in Minnesota, including many businesspeople who have bowed to her tempting tactic of handing out goodies to their industries. For instance, she did her best to “boost” Minnesota’s auto industry by advancing the federal Cash for Clunkers rebate program (which incidentally did more harm than good to the environment). In January, Public Policy Polling crowned Klobuchar with a 65 percent approval ranking as the “Second Most Popular Senator in the Country.”
Franken simply does not have the luxury of “feeling the love” the way Klobuchar does when she returns from D.C. to the land of 10,000 lakes. He only had a 52 percent approval ranking as of this January. Also, while pollsters say that Franken has a good chance of winning in 2014, this is largely because they have only ranked him against a weak bench of tired GOP candidates. Pollsters have not ranked him against a challenging candidate like Lewis.
3. It’s an off-year election and Minnesotans want reform