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January 27, 2004

Al Franken - the new WWJ

I just pitched a laughing fit over at North Georgia Dogma as they
linked to a story about Al Franken body-slamming (as the NY Post put it) a Dean heckler from the Lyndon LaRouche camp.

The visual was killing me. Still is. The Post allegedly has Franken "quotes" but they could be taken out of context. I will say this, if it happened yesterday, i didn't see anyone blog about it. i think it may have come up if it went down like the NY Post tells it.

The NY Post:EXETER, N.H. - Wise-cracking funnyman Al Franken yesterday body-slammed a demonstrator to the ground after the man tried to shout down Gov. Howard Dean.

The tussle left Franken's trademark thick-rim glasses broken, but he said he was not injured.

Franken - who seemed in a state of shock and out of breath after the incident - was helped back to his feet by several people who watched the tussle. Police arrived soon after.

"I got down low and took his legs out," said Franken afterwards.

Franken said he's not backing Dean but merely wanted to protect the right of people to speak freely. "I would have done it if he was a Dean supporter at a Kerry rally," he said.

"I'm neutral in this race but I'm for freedom of speech, which means people should be able to assemble and speak without being shouted down."

Franken emerged from the crowd and charged one male protester, grabbing him with a bear hug from behind and slamming him onto the floor.

"I was a wrestler so I used a wrestling move," Franken said.

CNN tells it this way:Franken, a comedian and self-described liberal well-known for his attacks on the Bush administration and conservative-leaning media, helped carry out one of the disrupters. In the process, Franken's glasses were knocked off his face and broke in two.

Putting them back together with electrical tape, he quipped he had been "deputized" by Dean's security.

I don't know which to believe - but it's funny.

Al Franken says he does not support any particular candidate.