Franken backs Republicans into corner on rape
Sen. Al Franken is giving Republican senators fits because he's making it look as though they don't care about victims of rape.
"I think anyone who voted against that has some tough explaining to do," New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, told Politico. "And I think particularly some incumbents already in a challenged position -- it can be very detrimental to them because women voters are going to look at that and wonder, 'Does this senator stand on my side?'"
"Franken's amendment may make sense for national Democrats in laying down lines of attack heading into the 2010 campaign -- but this is not what Franken needs to build a base in Minnesota," said Larry Jacobs, an expert in state politics at the University of Minnesota. "Being a poster boy of a hard-hitting campaign against the Republican Party is the opposite of what he needs in Minnesota."
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