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Tuesday, July 3, 2007

A million (or $26.7M) reasons Ciresi is a serious candidate

An article posted by the Star Tribune pegs the net worth of Mike Ciresi at about $26.7 million. The Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi attorney has successfully handled a number of massive cases -- including the state's suit against big tobacco -- so his wealth should be no surprise. (Although that's a lot of cigarette money!)

The money could come in handy for his senatorial bid. Ciresi is vying with Al Franken (nothing funny about that) for the DFL nomination and right to square off against incumbent Republican Senator Norm Coleman.

Larry Jacobs, a political science professor at the University of Minnesota, has a great quote in the Strib piece. Comparing Franken and Ciresi, he says: "Money is the big Ciresi advantage. He is not a comedian."

Hmmm. So its Funny vs. Money. If Franken wants to win, he'd better start laughing all the way to the bank.

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