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How valuable is State Fair politicking?

WCCO-TV’s Esme Murphy raised the question of whether schmoozing at the fair put Sen. Al Franken over the top.

WCCO-TV’s Esme Murphy did an interview with U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar Sunday about the value of State Fair politicking for political candidates.

The senator thinks it’s valuable because it brings constituents and politicians face-to-face, in a less-intimidating environment than the walls of power in St. Paul or Washington.

Said Klobuchar:

“People actually come up to you and tell you what’s on their mind. They may not send an email, they may not call your office or write a letter. They may not have the time. But if they’re just walking by and they see you here, they actually will talk to you about an issue, something that’s wrong in their lives, something that they think they have a problem with on a national level. think it’s the best place to really meet people.”

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The story also raises the interesting question: Can Sen. Al Franken thank fairgoers for his 312-vote victory in the lengthy 2008 recount?

There’s no answer, but it makes a good ending to the story.