Richard Painter, former George W. Bush ethics lawyer, has announced that he is running for Al Franken's seat as a Democrat.
And not just any Democrat, a Democratic Farm Labor Party Democrat (DFL) USA Today LINK
Based on what I've observed these last six months from his appearances, Richard Painter is NOT going to BE a person who tries to fight the liberal wing of the party.
He is big picture all the way and I'd have to say more independent than anything else.
In fact, I wonder if his recent appearance on Maher influenced his decision because he sure was getting along famously with two very liberal people on the panel that night.
I would describe Painter as almost a JFK Democrat but if Paul Wellstone were still alive the two of them would get along famously even though Wellstone was much more liberal.
And that's because Wellstone was also big picture.
And the Democrat Farm Labor Party is definitely Wellstone's legacy.
The DFL has gone to great pains to preserve the Paul Wellstone legacy in everything that they do.
I am betting Bernie Sanders is going to like this guy a lot despite the possibility that they might be on different ends of the spectrum.