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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Twin Cities businessman with a troubled past is running for Senate as an independent.

Jerry Trooien formally launched his bid for the U.S. Senate seat once held by former Sen. Al Franken on Monday. He took out ads in the Star Tribune and on broadcast TV to announce his campaign.

He'll run against Democratic Sen. Tina Smith and GOP state Sen. Karin Housley. Trooien is a longtime real estate developer who filed for bankruptcy in 2010. He told the court he owed creditors up to $284 million.

The Star Tribune reports Trooien wouldn't discuss his net worth or how much of his own money he'd put into the race. He says both political parties are broken.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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