WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell lashed out at Sen. Al Franken over percieved disrespect while Franken chaired the Senate as McConnell gave closing remarks on his opposition to Solicitor General Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court nomination.
Franken officials declined to give details of the exchange, but Franken issued a statement to MinnPost on the matter.
“The Leader thought I was disrespectful while he was giving his speech on General Kagan,” Franken said. “He is entitled to give his speech with the presiding officer just listening respectfully.”
“I went directly to his office after I was done presiding to apologize in person. He wasn’t there, so I’ve sent him a handwritten note.”
Here’s POLITICO’s account of the incident:
Moments before Kagan’s confirmation vote Thursday, the Minnesota Democrat was presiding over the Senate — and the Kentucky Republican thought the freshman senator was mocking his speech. Upon the conclusion of his remarks, a very irritated McConnell removed his microphone, approached the dais and confronted the former comedian.
“This isn’t ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Al,” McConnell told Franken sternly, according to people who overheard the exchange.
A spokesman for McConnell didn’t immediately return a request for comment.