Minnesota Senator Al Franken, known to many as one of the early stars of “Saturday Night Live”, appeared in Southbridge on Saturday, October 20, to kick off a day of canvassing and phone-banking on behalf of Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Elizabeth Warren and Democratic candidate for State Representative Kathleen Walker.
Recent polls have shown Warren gaining a substantial lead over incumbent Senator Scott Brown. Brown has been hampered by declines in his favorability ratings as well as recent needs to apologize for the behavior of staffers and inferences that paid actors were used by Warren in one of her campaign ads. In addition, he has been criticized for what a leading veterans’ advocate has termed misleading statements about his time in Afghanistan.
Nevertheless, central Massachusetts has remained a stronghold for him, which explains Warren’s increasing focus on the region.
Following is a video of Senator Franken’s appearance in Southbridge prepared by former Southbridge Cable TV director Paul Zotos: