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A serious U.S. Sen. Al Franken listens to a Minnesotan talk about her federal policy concerns at the State Fair. FORUM NEWS SERVICE/Don Davis

Capitol Chatter: GOP criticizes, Franken apologizes for ‘thoughtless moment’

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ST. PAUL -- U.S. Sen. Al Franken's election opponent is trying to make a campaign issue out of a video shot two years ago showing the senator holding two traffic cones to his chest, apparently to imitate a woman's breasts.


"It was a thoughtless moment and I regret it," Democrat Franken told Forum News Service of the 2012 incident, which he did not know was being videotaped.

Republican challenger Mike McFadden said the incident is proof that Franken should not be re-elected.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.