Edie Falco joins the MOB


Rebecca Traister
September 2, 2004 8:10AM (UTC)

At the Mothers Opposing Bush party held at the Tribeca Film Center on Wednesday night, Frannie Franken wife of Al told a crowd gathered to watch a screening of the new MOB advertisement that she had words for George W. Bush. Recalling how the president had once described his job as being similar to that of a CEO for a major corporation, Franken said she is "sick and tired of hearing people labeled Bush-bashers or Bush-haters because they exercise their right to disagree with this administration." She pointed out that within a standard company structure, dismayed shareholders would never be called "CEO-bashers" or "CEO-haters."

"I consider myself an investor in the United States of America," said Franken. "And as an investor, I am dissatisfied with President Bush as this countrys CEO."

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Mothers Opposing Bush who refer to themselves as The Mob announced that their new ad will run three times during three installments of Larry King Live on CNN. It features Sopranos actress Edie Falco, asking viewers to "join the Mob no, not that mob." Falco goes on to talk about the economic hardships American mothers face, while footage of boys playing with guns on playgrounds and mid-East battle fields rages on under her voice.

After the screening, party co-host and Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein was nowhere to be seen. But Falco told reporters that shes not worried about any backlash over her recent immersion in Democratic politics "because if I ever start allowing a concern like that influence my decisions, god help me."

When asked why she got involved with Mothers Opposing Bush, Falco replied, "Look, I told them Im not a mother, they said We dont care. I said great." When another reporter joked to her, "Youre not a mother but you play one on TV," Falco quickly reprimanded him: "Its not TV. Its HBO."


Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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