Mitch McConnell Scolds Al Franken: 'This Isn't Saturday Night Live'
(PoliticsDaily.com) -- by Patricia Murphy --
Al Franken, the junior senator from Minnesota, got into some hot water Thursday with Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in the Senate, who felt the need to remind the former comedian that he's not on "Saturday Night Live" anymore.
The exchange came after McConnell delivered a speech on the Senate floor arguing against Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court, which the Senate approved Thursday. At the time, Franken was serving as the presiding officer of the chamber, a duty assigned to all new senators that includes listening to the speeches of colleagues on the Senate floor.
According to an account in the New York Times, Franken looked annoyed by the speech McConnell was giving, which painted Kagan as a partisan operative unfit for duty on the highest court in the country. Staffers on the Senate floor said that Franken fidgeted, murmured under his breath, and even spun around in his swivel chair while McConnell delivered his speech.
When the minority leader finished speaking, the Times reports he approached Franken to complain about his behavior. "This isn't 'Saturday Night Live,' Al," McConnell scolded.
Chastened by the senior senator's response to his highjinks, Franken went in search of McConnell after the vote on Kagan, asking a group of reporters for directions to his office.
In a written statement provided to Politics Daily, Franken confirmed he had gone to McConnell's office to apologize for the incident. Because McConnell was not there, the Democratic senator sent him a hand-written note of apology.
"The leader thought I was disrespectful while he was giving his speech on General Kagan," Franken explained. "He is entitled to give his speech with the presiding officer just listening respectfully."...MORE...LINK
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