August 7th, 2008
05:15 PM ET
10 years ago

Brett Favre for Senate?

Favre’s name is appearing on Senate campaign signs – but not his own.

Favre’s name is appearing on Senate campaign signs – but not his own.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (CNN) - Football quarterback Brett Favre may not be running for political office, but take one glance at a new campaign poster in Minnesota and you might be a bit confused.

Dean Barkley - an Independence Party candidate running for U.S. Senate - has decided to capitalize on the recent Favre hoopla and print the phrase "Brett Favre for Minnesota Quarterback" on one side of all his campaign signs. Barkley said it's not just a campaign gimmick, and that he genuinely hopes Favre will eventually end up in Minnesota.

"I firmly believe that Brett's the answer, [and] could bring the Vikings to the promised land," Barkley said. "So I said why not combine my run for the U.S. Senate with our effort to get Brett in Viking purple and get us that Super Bowl victory that every Viking fan wants."

Is just a publicity stunt for a third party candidate often considered a longshot?

"Yes and no," Barkley admits with a laugh. "It's hard when you're running against candidates with millions in special interest money. How do you get your message out?"

News Thursday that Favre has been traded to the New York Jets might throw a kink in Barkley's ad campaign. Still, he insists he's holding out hope the former Green Bay Packer will be traded yet again - and this time to Minnesota.

Barkley is running against incumbent Republican senator Norm Coleman and Democratic challenger Al Franken, a former SNL alum. Barkley served just under two months as a U.S. senator when he finished the term of Paul Wellstone after he died in a plane crash in 2002.

Filed under: Minnesota
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. terri ohio

    why as soon as he got elected he would start ballin' like a baby and retire

    August 7, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  2. bill for barack

    Who gets to trade him ?
    His state or his party ?

    August 7, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  3. Yvette

    Little late on this one??

    August 7, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  4. Sam

    Ah, why is this in the political ticker CNN? Dont' get it.

    August 7, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  5. KenB, MI

    So right after reading the article or someone engages you by making comment of the possibility you b reath easy and steady and just stare either into space after reading the information or stare directly into the eyes of the person who has just brought this to your attention...after a few minutes you laugh a little and ask if this was a skit on SNL...then again my real question would be, "what kind of community based organizations have you been active with?"

    August 7, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  6. Denise Groves

    OMG!!!! I knew it! I knew it! Some white, uneducated redneck!!!!! Hang em high! Hang 'em low!!! This is 2008, NOT 1908!

    August 7, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  7. Lisa

    Hillary/Favre 08!

    August 7, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  8. Vig

    What's with this guy? These prima donnas are so use to the limelight they once they stop off stage, the feel themselves wilting and have to get in front of the lights again.

    August 7, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  9. Vegas


    Bret has as much experience as Obama... so why not?

    August 7, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  10. Denise Groves

    God help us!

    August 7, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  11. rocky

    people, GET A LIFE.

    August 7, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  12. deroy

    very stupid article, CNN – REMOVE!

    August 7, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  13. aaron

    Why not combine a political campaign with a football cheer? I'm an nfl fan, but if someone running for office doesn't have more important ideas to bring before the people than how to win a superbowl, he shouldn't be running. Public policy is not a game!

    August 7, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  14. unknown

    thats to funny

    August 7, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  15. Angela Frazier, Memphis TN

    Please stop the madness! There is enough as it is!

    August 7, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  16. TheTruthHurts

    Come on CNN. FOCUS

    August 7, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  17. Dave

    A little late? Favre has been a member of the New York Jets for hours now...

    August 7, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  18. Stuart, Denver CO

    This story is stupid because Favre already went to the jets.

    August 7, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  19. Franky

    Look at that, Brett is felt all the way over here! LOL!!!

    August 7, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  20. No Longer Amused, Las Vegas

    okay, for this I am amused.

    August 7, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  21. James

    Another Over-paid person who just plays a game a couple times a year.

    August 7, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  22. ben

    someone thought that they were being creative and witty,
    but they weren't. Its always sad when every year the political race stoops just a little bit lower.

    August 7, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  23. Christina

    haha Vikings fans need all the help they can get

    August 7, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  24. Carl from MI

    Why are we talking about Favre on the POLITICAL TICKER again??

    Oh yeah... I forgot!! We're supposed to be talking less about Obama. So let's talk more about Favre!! At least he's more interesting than that OLD WRINKLY GUY WITH GREY HAIR!!

    Awesome smackdown, Paris... Cindy McCain's got nothing on you!!

    August 7, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  25. Carl from MI

    ... except age!!!

    August 7, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
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