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Klobuchar dubbed 'funniest freshman'

ST. PAUL - Most people agree U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is a pleasant person, but not as many consider her a comedian.

A Washington Post column did, however, call her a funny lady.

The column reports Klobuchar's "peers have deemed her funniest freshman."

The Post, which called her a rising start of her party, said Klobuchar created a ruckus once when presiding over the Senate.

In the president's chair, Klobuchar was listening to Louisiana senators praising the Chicago Bears, payment for losing a bet after the New Orleans Saints lost to the "Monsters of the Midway."

"And, finally, because I felt I had these newfound powers as a chair I said, 'Senators, in my capacity as a senator from Minnesota I'd like to tell you that our team, the Minnesota Vikings, went to the Super Bowl four times. They lost every time but we still have hope,'" she told the Post. "At that moment the phones start ringing, the parliamentarian runs in. You would have thought that I had committed some cardinal sin. They said, 'You can't speak when you're in the chair!'"

Klobuchar is in the running for "the golden gavel," a plaque given the first senator of the session to preside for 100 hours. Freshmen often are given the boring task of overseeing routine business.

Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.