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Franken to Sign Off on Valentine’s Day

Comedian Al Franken (D), who is weighing a 2008 Senate bid, is hanging up his microphone.

Franken has been a star attraction on the fledgling Air America radio network since it launched in 2004. Now that the struggling liberal network is being sold, Franken will cease his daily broadcast on Feb. 14, he announced while on the air Monday.

Air America declared bankruptcy last year, which sparked rumors that Franken, and his hefty contract, would not be part of any reconfigured network. The network’s primary new owner is Stephen Green, a New York real estate developer and brother of Mark Green, a frequent Democratic political candidate in New York.

Franken would be a top contender for the Democratic nomination against Sen. Norm Coleman (R) if he takes the plunge, though other Democrats are mentioned as potential challengers.

Franken, who did not offer any insight about his political future Monday, is expected to make a decision any day. Coincidentally, Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), who serves as Democratic Caucus vice chairman and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee chairman, was a guest on Franken’s show Monday.
— Nicole Duran

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