What if a Senatorial candidate decided to throw an event, and only one person showed up? Al Franken found out that, gosh darn it, Minnesotans just don’t care about him — at least in St. Cloud. Give the struggling Democrat credit, though, for a little grace:
There’s an old saying in politics that elections are won or lost one vote at a time.
On Friday, DFL-endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken demonstrated how true that saying can be, when a roundtable on veterans issues at Brigitte’s Cafe his campaign scheduled drew only one participant.
The single participant, a former Navy veteran, related his difficulties in seeking treatment at the VA, at least initially. Franken spent an hour with Josh John, choosing not to simply excuse himself and leave out of embarrassment. However, he wound up misrepresenting Norm Coleman’s record, claiming that Coleman didn’t care about veterans issues and had done nothing to assist veterans seeking medical care.
The St. Cloud Times noted Coleman’s response:
Coleman has voted more than 30 times to increase federal funding for veterans, which has gone up more than 70 percent during his term, said Luke Friedrich, Coleman’s campaign spokesman. …
The first bill Coleman got passed in Congress required the Pentagon to pay troops’ travel expenses when they return home for rest and relaxation, Friedrich said.
Coleman supported the GI Bill expansion, secured federal reintegration funds for Minnesota Army National Guard troops returning from overseas and got a bill passed in 2006 requiring the VA to reach out to veterans informing them of benefits for which they are eligible, among other accomplishments, he said.
Franken can’t even bat above .000 even when having a one-on-one. (via SCSU Scholars)