Thursday, October 23, 2008

Barkley, Franken, and the 2nd Amendment

Barkley Campaign: 'It's Time for Al Franken to Clarify His Position on 2nd Amendment Rights'

For Immediate Release
Contact: Christopher Truscott

PLYMOUTH—The Dean Barkley for Senate campaign called on DFLer Al Franken to finally clarify his position on the 2nd Amendment:

"We're all looking forward to Nov. 4, but Nov. 8 is also a big day for tens of thousands of Minnesotans because it marks the opening of deer hunting season.

"Given that we're less than three weeks away from the start of this great Minnesota tradition, it's time for Al Franken to finally clarify his position on 2nd Amendment rights. At best, it's confusing.[1] At worst, it's misleading.[2] Is he promoting New York City values or defending Minnesota's proud legacy?"

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Barkley, a 58-year-old Minnesota native, served as the director of the Minnesota Office of Strategic and Long Range Planning under Gov. Jesse Ventura. In November 2002, Ventura appointed Barkley to fill the final two months of the late Sen. Paul Wellstone's term.

The former governor said recently that Barkley is "measured minute by minute … the most effective U.S. senator in Minnesota history."

More information is available online at

[1] "Todd Palin talks the Second Amendment" (Star Tribune, Oct. 16, 2008):

[2] Republican Party of Minnesota press release (via Minnesota Democrats Exposed, June 26, 2008):

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