Al Franken endorses Liz Cheney, says it will 'carry a lot of weight' with Wyoming GOP

Critics were quick to point out Franken's controversial history, such as how he resigned from the Senate in 2018 following numerous sexual harassment allegations

Updated: August 14, 2022 - 2:56pm

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Former Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken endorsed Wyoming Republican Liz Cheney for reelection ahead of the primary this week.

"I’ve decided to endorse @RepLizCheney for the Republican nomination for the House seat In Wyoming it’s my first time endorsing in a GOP primary. But I think Al Franken’s support will carry a lot of weight with WY Republicans," the former senator wrote Saturday in a tweet that garnered more than 100,000 likes, 12,000 retweets and 14,000 comments.

Critics were quick to point out Franken's controversial history, such as how the former "Saturday Night Live" cast member resigned from the Senate in 2018 following numerous sexual harassment allegations.

Republican activist Scott Presler responded with the infamous photo of Franken groping model Leeann Tweeden as she was asleep.

"That a very gripping endorsement, Al," conservative comedian Tim Young said.

"Did you ask her first?" author David Simon asked. "In the immortal words of Max Bialystok to Leo Bloom: 'Don't help.'"

Radio host Mike Opelka told Franken, "This is the funniest thing you’ve ever written. Ever."

Franken's endorsement is unlikely to help Cheney, who is 28 points behind her Trump-backed challenger, Harriet Hageman.

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