Franken: Dem colleague rejected Cruz during Secret Santa drawing

Franken: Dem colleague rejected Cruz during Secret Santa drawing


Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenFormer GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Native American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment Reid says he wishes Franken would run for Senate again MORE (D-Minn.) described Wednesday the reaction he once witnessed from an unnamed Democratic colleague who picked Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzIs this any way for NASA to build a lunar lander? GOP strategist predicts Biden will win nomination, cites fundraising strength 3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 MORE (R-Texas) during the Senate’s Secret Santa name drawing.

“I’ve had people pick out Cruz’s name and then drop it on the floor. I’ve actually had that happen,” the Minnesota senator said during a town hall discussion with Bob Cusack, editor in chief of The Hill, and Julie Mason, host of "Press Pool” on SiriusXM’s POTUS Channel.

The Senate’s Secret Santa aims to spread bipartisan “bonhomie” and good-spirited fun among lawmakers in the upper chamber. Franken said he tries to arrange for Republicans to draw Democrats' names and vice versa. 


Franken’s comments underline what he believes is strong dislike Senate Democrats share toward the Texas senator.

“Ted is a toxic co-worker. He’s the guy who microwaves fish for lunch,” Franken said about his GOP colleague, adding that Cruz's greatest accomplishment is getting the government to shutdown.

Franken dedicated a whole chapter in his new memoir to poke fun at Cruz, even titling the Cruz-focused chapter “Sophistry.”

Cruz, in response, used President Trump’s Twitter "covfefe" typo to troll Franken.

“Covfefe? Hard to say, but I hear Al Franken’s new book is full of it,” Cruz tweeted Wednesday, including a winking emoticon.

Cruz called Franken "obnoxious and insulting" last week after news of the chapter broke.