Although his election was the very definition of “squeaker,” Sen. Franken has managed to thread another needle since taking office: he’s demonstrated a commitment to working hard on behalf of all Minnesotans while also being a strong advocate for the progressive policies in which he believes.
And now he’ll be the closing keynote speaker at this year’s Netroots Nation convention in Las Vegas.
The event will, as it has for several years now, bring together basically the entire progressive netroots for several days of panel discussions, trainings, and networking over four days in July.
From the release published by the Netroots Nation team this morning:
Sen. Franken and interested observers saw firsthand what democracy and fair elections are all about last year when his Senate race was the subject of a state-wide comprehensive recount. Since his swearing in, Sen. Franken has been a strong advocate for progressive policies, speaking out in favor of a public option, cutting oil subsidies and slashing interest rates for student loans.
“Even during the recount, we knew Sen. Franken would be a fighter,” said Raven Brooks, executive director of Netroots Nation. “Whether he’s fighting for health care or education, he’s shown that he represents American families and isn’t afraid to stand up for strong progressive values.”
Organizers say that’s why they chose Sen. Franken to close out the fifth annual convention.
Some of you may remember last year’s Netroots Minnesota conference, which we put together in conjunction with the Netroots Nation organization. The national conference is due back in the Midwest in 2011, and it would be downright grand if our junior Senator were on hand to help announce that the Big Kahuna is coming to Minnesota next year. But that may be getting ahead of ourselves — who’s up for a Vegas trip this July?