Frazzled Franken Manhandles Dean Heckler; Says He was Protecting Free Speech
By Jimmy Moore
January 28, 2004
Liberal author and soon-to-be radio talk show host Al Franken physically manhandled a heckler during a speech by Democrat presidential candidate Howard Dean on Monday.
The New York Post reports that Franken, who recently signed a one-year deal with Progressive Media to host a live, three-hour liberal radio show to apparently challenge Rush Limbaugh, broke his glasses in the confrontation, but was not hurt after charging at a male supporter of Democrat presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche
when he began yelling at Dean.
Franken, who said he was "deputized" by the Dean campaign to handle the heckler, said he did what he had to do to subdue the person trying to distract Dean from his message.
"I got down low and took his legs out," Franken stated, explaining he needed to fix his broken glasses with electrical tape after the fall.
Franken picked up the unidentified LaRouche supporter and body slammed him to the ground.
"I was a wrestler so I used a wrestling move," Franken exclaimed.