float("1,009.67") error

Jianli Shen wjxiaoshen at gmail.com
Wed Jun 3 11:29:57 EDT 2009

I want to converter a string 1,009.67 to float, I got:
python ValueError: invalid literal for float()
how do I handle this.

1,009.67 is generated by some other program. It could be 2,898.88
3,554,545.66 etc.

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