They came. They saw. They made a big fuss. Al Franken, the beneficiary (sort of) of eight months of seeming non-stop coverage, draws a crowd even when he’s not there. At the Capitol, a worker put a sign up outside his new office, and a gaggle of reporters was there to document its every word.
It had no comment. It is the most heavily photographed sign at the U.S. Capitol since former Sen. Mark Dayton closed his office because of terrorism fears.
As for Franken, he met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and then met the media, saying nothing he hasn’t said before to reporters there to cover him saying it again. The national news media duly reported that Franken did not make any jokes.
Meanwhile, the Senate Web site still lists only a single Minnesota senator. But the franken.senate.gov Web address is ready for him, although it currently redirects to the Senate home page.
Franken will be sworn in on Tuesday.