[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/08/07/art.favresign.cnn.jpg caption="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.