Live from Washington, it's Sen. Franken

The Senate's newest member gets involved in the Sotomayor confirmation hearings

Published July 13, 2009 8:10PM (EDT)

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., the Senate's newest member, has been on the job for only five days. But because he got himself a spot on the Judiciary Committee, he gets to take part in the Sotomayor confirmation hearings -- and that means some very valuable camera time for a freshman senator.

Below, a clip from Franken's opening statement, his first star turn in a role quite different from the ones he's used to playing.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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