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Convicted murderer serving life in prison runs for US Senate, and the law allows it

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A convicted murderer serving life in prison is running for U.S. Senate in Minnesota.

The state that elected former professional wrestler and all around cad Jesse Venture as governor, and liberal comedian Al Franken as a U.S. senator, may have a chance to put a convicted double murderer in office.

Leonard Richards, 75, who was found guilty of killing his half-sister and his lawyer, is exploiting a loophole in state law that prevents felons from running for state-level offices but does not stop them from seeking federal seats, Fox News reported.

Minnesota Dept of Corrections

Richards is seeking the nomination of Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, and given the state of politics on the left, don’t rule out the possibility that he could win.

Unseating incumbent Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar will be a tall task, but should he pull it off, it would pose quite the conundrum considering Richards in not eligible for parole.

And while his candidacy makes for entertaining fodder for politicos, it’s no laughing matter for the sister of one of his victims.

The sister of Richards’ attorney told the Star Tribune of Minneapolis a single vote for Richards is one too many.

“I know he won’t win against Amy Klobuchar, but even one vote for this murderer is too many,” she told the newspaper, in hopes voters will educate themselves about his crimes.

Past precedent has shown that courts have ruled in favor of incarcerated felons who have filed an affidavit of candidacy.

As for Richards, his candidacy is old hat, having run in the Democratic primary for a congressional seat in 1992 and 1994, according to Fox News.

He garnered 14,500 votes the first time, followed by 4,000 votes during a second run — the runs surely being an effective hobby in fighting off the boredom of prison.

Naturally, the Trump Derangement Syndrome crowd wasted no time tying the story to President Donald Trump.

But in the end, the hands down best response to the post was found here:

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