Skip to comments.Minnesota Senate Recount, Update IX
Posted on 11/28/2008 6:26:06 PM PST by newbie2008
ST. PAUL - Hours after the Franken campaign failed to convince the Minnesota State Canvassing Board to intervene on its behalf, Senate President Harry Reid (D-Nev) supported Franken's attorney's statement that they are prepared to take the Minnesota election to the U.S. Senate for a decision.
According to comments published by Talking Points Memo, Franken's lead recount attorney, Marc Elias, said:
"There are a number of ways this can happen, whether it is at the county level, before the state canvassing board, before the courts of Minnesota, or before the United States Senate, we do not know," said Elias -- but they will see to it that every vote is counted."
Later Wednesday afternoon, Reid opened the door for Senate intervention into the Minnesota election processing, saying: "Today's decision by the Minnesota Canvassing Board not to count certain absentee ballots is cause for great concern." Reid made the statement in a release from his official U.S. Senate office.
Coleman Campaign Manager Cullen Sheehan responded:
"This is a stunning admission by the Franken campaign that they are willing to take this process away from Minnesotans if they fail to win the recount. It is even more stunning that the Democratic Senate leader would inject himself into the Minnesota election process. This says that Franken is fully prepared and armed to take this matter to the United States Senate and that the Senate will be receptive - even if Franken fails to succeed in winning the recount. This is a troubling new development. We call upon Al Franken to personally disavow his attorney's comments, and to commit to Minnesotans that he will not allow this election to be overturned by the leadership of the Democratic Senate. Al Franken owes it to the people of this state to reject any and all efforts to stop a Minnesota Senator from being sworn in on January 6th if Norm Coleman continues to be shown to have won this election after the recount."
Franken needs to stop being a whiny crybaby and give it up. He lost! He needs to sign himself in to the Algore Kerry Sore Loser Rehab Center for Dumbass Politicians for a few months. He’ll be okay.
Well, first of all, the People of MN should examine their recall procedures, secondly, where did Reid or the US Senate acquire the Authority to examine MN ballots?
Send in the clowns. There’ve got to be clowns. Also a$$holes. Is this a great country, or what?
Reid figures he will just make up the law as he needs. After all, Nobama is president already, isn’t he?
They’re Democrats, they make the rules up as they go, and spineless rinos like McCain back them up all the way.
Each house of Congress is the final judge of who is qualified to be a member of that house.
I believe the Constitution says that each House is the judge of elections concerning their offices. In the end, they can be the court of last resort.
I don’t think Harry would be able to pull this off until the 111th Congress is seated in early January.
Coleman needs to declare victory and sit down in the seat in January.
Either that or call for a new election in MN to settle the issue fair and square.
If the DFL can’t steal it fair and square, Harry Reid will. Bastard.
Democrat Bullying. Shoving their excessive weight around in the Minnesota Political Playground will gain the Democrats one “H” of a backlash. They need to consider if Al Franken is worth it.
They owe all Minnesotans’ a tremendous apology.
“”Franken needs to stop being a whiny crybaby and give it up. He lost! He needs to sign himself in to the Algore Kerry Sore Loser Rehab Center for Dumbass Politicians for a few months. Hell be okay.””
This is SO not funny. In the current climate of this country, he very well be the next senator, despite what’s right (i.e., election results!)
Pray to God that fairness will prevail - this seat is the next closest to the Dems’ magic 60 - and the Senate/Reid intervening is not only disgraceful, but evidence of the Left’s single-minded determination to gain total control of our country - combine that with the (Left) media and courts, it may very well be allowed to (unconstitutionally) happen.
steal it fair and square?
The Dims will find a way to steal this election yet.
“Qualified” but not involved in vote counting and submitted and disqualified ballots, that is purely a function of the State of MN and it’s election laws.
Now I do think a situation can occur when Coleman and Frankin both arrive at the Senate, and there has to be a ruling from the Chair are something similar to decide who is to be seated.
I sent a donation to Norm Coleman before the election, and today I got a phone call from someone asking for another donation to help him fight Franken. I don’t know how they got my phone number—someone must have looked it up.
I had to say that I can’t afford to give any more at this point. The caller was very persistent and I finally had to just hang up on her. Too bad, but things are getting tight and I can’t afford it.
“”Coleman needs to declare victory and sit down in the seat in January. Either that or call for a new election in MN to settle the issue fair and square.”
Yes, I so agree - WHY is it that repubs are so meek and “nice” while dems are so aggressive and vocal??? Coleman needs to seize and declare it as you said.
How can a man of Franken's ilk - no experience in government AT ANY FORM whether it be city council, mayor, school board, state rep, US rep, anything - be so arrogant that he can run for one of the highest jobs in the state - US SENATOR - with NO experience whatsoever?
How can this be?
Yes. Where does Reid or the Senate get this awesome authority? In writing somewhere? Or is this a preview of the dictatorship we’re now living under? - I mean, not that Reid or the Senate have any sort of conflict of interest or anything.
I don’t beleive that the constitution allows the Senat to decide Senate races. Only the state gets to do that.
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