Al Franken tweets endorsement of Liz Cheney, jokes he’ll ‘have weight’ with Wyoming Republicans

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Former Minnesota Democratic Senator Al Franken took to Twitter on Saturday to support Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney in her bid for re-election in Wyoming.

“I’ve decided to endorse @RepLizCheney for the Republican nomination for the House seat. In Wyoming, this is the first time I’ve endorsed a GOP primary,” said the the former senator tweeted. “But I think Al Franken’s support will carry a lot of weight with WY Republicans.”

The tweet received a vocal response with nearly 6,000 retweets and more than 50,000 likes from those who criticized the endorsement and some who supported the idea.

“Maybe she can hit the road with you on your comedy tour when she’s eliminated because she definitely won’t be re-elected,” tweeted Lavern Spicer, Republican candidate for Congress from Florida.

CHENEY, FACING ALMOST CERTAIN DEFEAT IN WYOMING GOP PRIMARY, ENSURES BIGGER BATTLE AHEAD

U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) arrives at the U.S. Senate to announce his resignation following allegations of sexual misconduct on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., December 7, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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Some, including comedian Tim Young, took the opportunity to remind Franken of the scandal involving a photo of him groping California radio Leeann Tweeden.

“This [sic] a very captivating endorsement, Al,” Young tweeted along with the controversial photo.

“Notorious sexual harasser makes his choice,” columnist Kurt Schlichter tweeted.

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FILE – Vice President Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaks as the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Dec. June 2022.
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“That kind of says it all,” tweeted Republican Senator Ted Cruz.

“Cheer!” a Twitter user, who appeared to support the movement, wrote. “Liz Cheney does not bow to a man like others do, but represents the oath of office she took to defend the Constitution and our nation. She is brave and relentless. Wyoming is so lucky to have a person of integrity and conviction working for them.”

Representatives for Franken did not immediately respond to a Fox News Digital request for comment.

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., vice chair of the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol uprising, pound

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., vice chair of the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol uprising, delivers her “Time for Choose” speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
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Franken, comedian and former cast member of Saturday Night Live, was be forced to resign from the Senate in 2018 following a flurry of sexual harassment allegations that followed the photo with Tweeden.

Cheney has served in Congress since 2017 but is facing a re-election campaign in Wyoming, which many believe is a long shot in part because of his support for the impeachment of former President Trump, who was widely unpopular with Republican voters in his state.

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