While almost every US Senator seems to aspire to be a celebrity, it is a rare celebrity who wants to, let alone does, become a respected US Senator. For that reason, Minnesota’s junior senator Al Franken always draws a huge crowd on Hill Visit Day. About 40 Minnesota REALTORS packed into a stuffy conference room yesterday afternoon to hear Senator Franken’s views on the Mortgage Interest Deduction and FHA, as well as his good-natured jokes about his FPC Fran Davis (who has known Al since he was a kid putting together list books at ten cents an hour for his mother, a REALTOR).
During his first term, Senator Franken has proven himself to be a strong and thoughtful supporter of the housing industry, and on Wednesday reaffirmed his willingness to protect FHA programs, preserve Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He offered pragmatic insight to Congressional debates on the Mortgage Interest Deduction, and concluded by passionately speaking on housing’s crucial role in the nation’s continued economic recovery.
Throughout the meeting, Senator Franken’s furry four-legged companion padded around the room to greet the visitors. After every sniff and wag if his tail, he returned home to the Senator’s side.