Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken:
Not long after I got into office, I went to a groundbreaking ceremony in Maple Grove for a three-mile, $47 million extension of Minnesota State Highway 610 made possible bby an infusion of $27 million in stimulus funds. There were about a dozen public officials there—a few state legislators, a mayor or two, some county commissioners, and Senator Klobuchar and me. I was surprised to see Minnesota’s 3rd District Republican congressman, Erik Paulsen, who, like every House Republican, had voted against the stimulus, smiling under his hard hat.
When I got up to speak, I said, “Well, I certainly don’t deserve any credit for this. I got to the Senate after the stimulus was passed. I guess we should thank the members of Congress here who voted for the stimulus.”
I looked down the line of hard hats, and said, “Okay, there’s Amy Klobuchar. Let’s hear it for Amy!” Applause. “And… let’s see,” I continued, looking directly at Representative Paulsen. “Well… I guess just Amy.”