One of the other anecdotes... involved a local Franken appearance that was reported in the Star Tribune in 2001. He joked at a Human Rights Campaign dinner that he had asked organizers to pay him for his speech by "send[ing] a girl to my room. And they did. But she turned out to be a lesbian. Great! Next time you do that, could you at least send two?"
As of a 02 May 2008 poll, Franken is trailing Coleman by 10%, but he is still in a competitive three-way primary race. Once the Democratic nominee is chosen, the race will really begin.