Politics & Policy

Senator David Letterman (D., Ind.)?

Senator Al Franken (D., Minn.) is apparently all for more “Top 10″ lists and Stupid Human Tricks in the Senate. Appearing on the Late Show on Wednesday night, Franken suggested that the retiring David Letterman run for Indiana’s open seat in 2016.

The “Letterman for Senate” campaign kicked off after the host asked Franken about what he can do in response to his home state’s recent religious-freedom legislation. “Here’s what I want to know because I love Indiana — I’ll probably be buried in Indiana — and I know I’ve embarrassed the state many many times,” Letterman joked.

“Well, and the entire country,” Franken gibed Letterman.

“What I want to know is what can I do now to make the governor feel uncomfortable?” he asked.

“As a matter of fact, there’s an open seat there,” Franken replied, explaining that Senator Dan Coats (R., Ind.) will not seek reelection next year. “Look, when young people come to me and say, ‘How do you become a United States senator?’ and I say, ‘Well, do about 35, 40 years of comedy and then run for the Senate.”

“It’s worked every time, so I think you should run,” he continued. “I would like you to be my colleague.”

Letterman, who will leave the Late Show next month after more than three decades of television, is famously a child of the Hoosier State, often citing it and mentioning his upbringing on his show. He grew up in Indianapolis, attended Ball State University in Muncie, and got his start as a weatherman on local Indiana radio and television stations. He also regularly brings his mom on the show for segments via satellite from her home in Carmel.

To win a campaign, though, he’d have to overcome a hang-up that could drop his ambitions faster than a watermelon off of a roof: He currently resides in New York.


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