Minnesota: Franken Throws His Support Behind Clark

Posted November 18, 2009 at 6:41pm

Freshman Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) has lined up behind state Sen. Tarryl Clark (D) in the Democratic primary to take on Rep. Michele Bachmann (R).

In an e-mail to supporters Wednesday, Franken wrote that Clark “delivered for her district as a State Senator, and she’ll do the same for the residents of the 6th district as their representative in Congress,— and asked them to join him in supporting Clark’s campaign and giving her money.

Franken has proven his fundraising mettle, raising more than $25 million for his 2008 campaign and the ensuing recount.

Clark is the state party establishment favorite and has already earned a large number of labor union endorsements, but she faces a potential primary contest against Maureen Reed (D), a physician, has surprised observers with her strong fundraising since joining the race in the spring.

Reed has indicated she would consider running in the primary even if she does not receive the party’s nomination, which is made at its convention in April. The primary is expected to take place in either August or September.