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.
why as soon as he got elected he would start ballin' like a baby and retire
Who gets to trade him ?
His state or his party ?
Little late on this one??
Ah, why is this in the political ticker CNN? Dont' get it.
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?"
OMG!!!! I knew it! I knew it! Some white, uneducated redneck!!!!! Hang em high! Hang 'em low!!! This is 2008, NOT 1908!
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.
Bret has as much experience as Obama... so why not?
God help us!
people, GET A LIFE.
very stupid article, CNN – REMOVE!
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!
thats to funny
Please stop the madness! There is enough as it is!
Come on CNN. FOCUS
A little late? Favre has been a member of the New York Jets for hours now...
This story is stupid because Favre already went to the jets.
Look at that, Brett is felt all the way over here! LOL!!!
okay, for this I am amused.
Another Over-paid person who just plays a game a couple times a year.
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.
haha Vikings fans need all the help they can get
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!!
... except age!!!