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POLITICO: Franken confronts T. Boone Pickens

WASHINGTON, D.C. — POLITICO is reporting that Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., gave T. Boone Pickens a piece of his mind at the Senate Democrats weekly policy lunch.

According to an unnamed source, Franken did not stand when the wealthy oil and gas tycoon said hello. And then Franken started to grill Pickens about his financing of the 2004 Swift Boat ads.

The source told POLITICO “the confrontation grew heated.”

Franken spokeswoman Jess McIntosh called it “a lively conversation.”

About six minutes later, the Republican Party of Minnesota had picked up on the story, deeming it an “angry attack” and suggesting that Franken begin taking anger management courses.

Apparently, Pickens was on the Hill to talk wind energy with the Dems.

Comments (13)

  1. Submitted by Wally Carr on 08/01/2009 - 08:13 am.

    Good for You, Al!

  2. Submitted by William Pappas on 08/01/2009 - 10:21 am.

    Right on, Al! Anyone who participated in the Swift Boat adds, including Coleman’s lead attorney in the recount, need to be called out for their unethical actions. You can’t have it both ways. On the one hand engaging in the most immoral demagoguery that litterally changes important dialogues in our democracy and on the other asking the democrats to engage in serious dialogue on an infrastructure project that will make Picken’s billions. If Al keeps calling a spade a spade more power to him. Republicans Senators can’t keep denigrating democratic governance and then whine when democrats challenge their tactics.

  3. Submitted by Thomas Edman on 08/01/2009 - 10:44 am.

    There’s little enough accountability for the despicable Swift Boat campaign.

    It’s worth remembering who was responsible for it.

    Al is doing a service when he point out Pickens’ past. It make me uneasy when T. Boone Pickens is championing something reasonable.

  4. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 08/01/2009 - 01:37 pm.

    Perhaps giving Franken a tip of the hat might feel good for his interface with Pickens. The fact of the matter is that it was some time ago that it happened.

    Do you remember all those folks that wanted to hold Franken accountable for his history?

    I am not so sure that Kerry would have eked out a victory if “swift boat” had not happened. In the end we got the government we deserved by electing GW Bush.

    Having said that, Pickens is the rare conservative that speaks about the “greening of our energy resources”. I would rather not embarrass him, but instead try to build a bridge to what could be a positive partnership for the future. Instead of burning bridges in a way that Franken seemed to think was prudent.

    Most always its better to have a long view of things. Although Franken has a real grasp of the issues and command of the facts It surprises me that he could not think of how he could have turned this into a more positive moment instead of leaving Pickens with a bad impression.

  5. Submitted by Clifford James on 08/01/2009 - 05:07 pm.

    Get Real! Regardless of who paid for the swift boat coverage. It represented the people who worked with and beside Kerry. They showed what he did, right or wrong, and exposed lies. They did not ask you to believe them, they provided proof.
    Kerry was a fake, a politician from the moment he entered service. I give him credit for serving, but not for the medals he won, or the method he went about to secure them. He was no war hero. He aided and abetted the enemy, and spoke badly about those in harms way, as a propagandist against his brothers in arms, and was as bad as Jane Fonda. Those who served, know what a disgrace he was, and those who follow today what he has supported and voted for, and what he has done since the elections, know that we, as a nation, dodged a bullet when he lost. Buy the way, when it comes to Obama, don’t blame me, I voted for the American.

  6. Submitted by Eric Ferguson on 08/02/2009 - 01:15 am.

    Clifford, you clearly weren’t paying attention back during the swiftboat campaign. They weren’t there. They lied. The circumstances of his medals were documented, while his accusers either weren’t in his unit, and weren’t in it at the same time he was. The men who were present all backed his story.

    But I suppose when you’re a billionaire, you’re allowed to fund lies and still expect everyone to kiss your ring.

    Richard, I don’t care how much time passed. Pickens has never been held to account. Franken was.

  7. Submitted by Wally Carr on 08/02/2009 - 06:37 pm.

    Clifford, you are repeating lies. Lies that Boone Pickens funded. Boone offered a million bucks to charity on behalf of anyone who could prove him wrong, and he welshed on the bet when he was proved wrong.

    More than that Clifford, you are repeating the birther lies. Conduct like yours is poisoning the dialogue in this country. No matter how much we disagree, we ought to have the basic decency to tell the truth.

  8. Submitted by Alan Williamson on 08/02/2009 - 10:05 pm.

    Good for you, Al! Really you should have dropped him like a French border gate.

    Somalia is a Republican paradise. There is no police, no government officials meddling in business. No TAXES! No LAWS! There is no public health system. In Somalia, you are free from the Nanny-state. Bon voyage you lucky libertarians. Don’t forget to write! Oops! There is no post office either.

    Democrats want the US to be more like Europe.

    Republicans want the US to be more like Africa.

    Which would you choose?

  9. Submitted by Jeff Kline on 08/03/2009 - 02:15 pm.

    Here we go. I told you that Franken wasn’t Senate material and to this day, as predicted, this is just the “lighting of a match”… that will soon escalate into a full blown firestorm out his mouth.

  10. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 08/03/2009 - 02:20 pm.

    Clifford offered “…his accusers either weren’t in his unit, and weren’t in it at the same time he was.”

    Right. How could they have offered eye witness accounts when everyone knows Kerry was in Cambodia over the Christmas holidays while his accusers were still in Vietnam….

    I’m happy to see that Franken is meeting the expectations of his liberal supporters; there is no doubt but that he’s an excellent representative of the Democrat party….

  11. Submitted by Tim Walker on 08/03/2009 - 03:17 pm.

    Thanks, Sen. Franken, for not letting Pickens off the hook.

    There is no statute of limitations for being an unrepentant liar, so Pickens deserved what he deserved.

  12. Submitted by Tim Walker on 08/03/2009 - 03:18 pm.

    Er, make that “got what he deserved.”

  13. Submitted by Tim McCaulley on 08/03/2009 - 08:58 pm.

    Franken should take “anger management” classes? HaHaHaHaHa! If I’m Franken I would say that I’ll be there when Jeff Sessions and the rest of the Republican racist toads on the Senate Judiciary committee report.

    Who is T. Boone Pickens that he should not be confronted on his past political activities? A rich elitist searching for fawning political courtesians whose “services” might be purchased.

    However, this is a two-edged sword that cuts both ways and should be used with extreme care–on balance though I commend Al for telling T Boone off.

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