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

Brett Favre for Senate?

[cnn-photo-caption image= 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.

Filed under: Minnesota
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Anne E.

    There aren't enough words to describe how sick to death I am of hearing about this guy.

    August 7, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  2. maynard hopkins wi

    He would fit right in. Seems like he can,t make his mind up either.
    Dont insult us with this stupid idea Its time to move on and FORGET
    FORGET FORGET this has been

    August 7, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |



    August 7, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  4. Libs be dopes

    He has more experience at making decisions that Obama.

    August 7, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  5. Reality Check Richmond Virginia


    August 7, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  6. Fed up with the lies

    Vikings; Favre? Both losers!

    August 7, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  7. Livonia, MI

    Go Jets Go!

    August 7, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  8. Pam

    Can we quit talking about Brett Favre now?

    August 7, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  9. conservative

    Favre for senate? Why not ? He can serve with Clooney,Sarandon and Paris Hilton. Thats about as goofy and as far down the hill of decay as this country has slid!

    August 7, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  10. Peter of Oregon

    another Senator wasting the tax payer's dollars. I'd bet a nickel he is either a former Repuglican or a Repuglican in disguise.

    August 7, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  11. Michael G- Ventura ca

    Brett Favre in a vikes uniform would be like having a Celtic jersey on Jerry West or Elgin Baylor............AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN! Both sides were wrong- but when it comes down to the bottom line- Brett mad the PACKERS a contender throughout his career. As a PACK fan, I cried at his retirement news conference- as a PACK fan, I cried watching the debacle that has taken it's toll on so many in the last week.
    I've been a PACKER fan over forty years- and this one really hurts.
    SO TAKE YOUR SLOGAN OFF! No Brett for the vikes!

    August 7, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  12. GB

    would he return the retirement gifts he received??

    August 7, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  13. Susan

    Brett is like the clintons. He just won't go away!

    August 7, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  14. Ridgeway

    Another story as worn out as Obama. Who cares about Favre? With all the trouble and problems in the world why would Favre matter? He's a football player for Pete's sake. Of course he's achieved more in his career than Obama but both are dull.

    August 7, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
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