Posts Tagged ‘Al Franken’

Teagan Goddard: Five Votes Will Now Decide Minnesota Senate Race

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009


“Almost seven months after a U.S. Senate election that was too close to call, five justices of the Minnesota Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday on whether problems with absentee ballots justify reversing a lower-court ruling that declared Al Franken (D) a 312-vote winner over Norm Coleman (R), the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

“A decision upholding the lower-court ruling could end the protracted struggle and allow Franken to join the Senate, giving Democrats an invincible majority. A ruling for Coleman wouldn’t return him to the Senate, but could keep his hopes alive and delay a final decision for months.”

Club for Growth: Already, Specter Reverses Himself

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Club for Growth:

Specter is revealing more of his unprincipled nature with each passing day. These comments are mind-blowingly candid. From Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire:

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) reversed himself from comments he made in an interview in which he said he wanted Norm Coleman (R) to prevail in the disputed Minnesota Senate race against Al Franken (D), CQ Politics reports.

Said Specter: “In the swirl of moving from one caucus to another, I have to get used to my new teammates. I’m ordinarily pretty correct in what I say. I’ve made a career of being precise. I conclusively misspoke.”

Asked who he’s backing now in elections, Specter said, “I’m looking for more Democratic members. Nothing personal.”

Dems hedge on Franken seating: Politico

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009


Democrats are confident that Al Franken will prevail in the Minnesota Supreme Court appeal, but they’re still hedging a bit on whether a high court victory means Franken could quickly be seated.

There’s no guarantee – even with a state high court win – that Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty will certify Franken as the winner.

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) would only say “we’ve said there is a requirement for the governor to sign. I hope Gov. Pawlenty signs” a certification document that declares Franken the victor.

Coleman, who decisively lost his lower court battle in the recount case last week, filed a notice of appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court on Monday, and the Franken campaign has asked for the court to expedite its decision.