August 19, 2014
Minneapolis, Minn. – Chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota, Keith Downey, released the following statement in regards to Al Franken’s lock step voting recording with fellow Democrats.
“Al Franken is the biggest party loyalist in the U.S. Senate,” said Keith Downey, Chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota. “President Obama and fellow Democrats can count on his vote whenever they want it. Out of all the extreme partisans in the U.S. Senate, Al Franken is right at the top the list by voting with President Obama 97 percent of the time. When it came to passing Obamacare, Al Franken was the decisive vote, and when it came to burdening Minnesotans with higher taxes, Al Franken was there, voting 40 times with his party to raise taxes. Al Franken has really just been a rubber stamp for the President and the Democrat agenda, and not a voice for Minnesota.”
Al Franken is the most loyal Democrat in the Senate. “Looking back to 2014, there’s a notable name on the other end of the Senate’s party unity scale. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., is running for a second term after winning his first by just 312 votes in 2008. But Franken has only voted against his party twice out of 161 votes in 2013 and 2014, a 99 percent record that beats Elizabeth Warren’s.”
(Scott Bland, “Vulnerable Incumbents Were Most Likely to Stray From Party Line This Congress”, National Journal, August 19, 2014)