- The Washington Times - Monday, July 6, 2009

Democratic Sen.-elect Al Franken has arrived in Washington offering no jokes — just a promise that he is “ready to get to work.”

The former “Saturday Night Live” performer and satirist made brief remarks after meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, on Monday. Mr. Franken is expected to be sworn in to the Senate on Tuesday after a protracted eight-month recount, then finally a concession by the Republican incumbent he beat, Norm Coleman.

Mr. Franken spoke slowly from a podium in a Senate corridor packed with press. As cameras clicked rapidly in the background, Mr. Franken said he wants to be known as Minnesota’s second senator, not the 60th Democrat.

He says he will dive in to education, health care and energy issues.

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