Franken Waits To Be Seated As Coleman Lawsuit Begins


Will Minnesota have representation in the U.S. Senate in  2009?  Not if candidate Norm Coleman has his way.  A required recount of votes confirmed Al Franken won the November 4 Senate election by 225 votes.  Refusing to accept defeat, Republican incumbent Coleman challenged the recount results claiming that thousands of rejected ballets should be reexamined.  A three judge panel appointed Justice Pageby Alan Page, State Supreme Court Justice and Minnesota Viking Hall of Famer, disagreed, but will allow a lawsuit Coleman filed arguing the recount process was flawed, rejecting Franken’s bid to block it.

recount1When will it end? It should have already, but with this latest lawsuit set to begin on Monday, it may be months until the business is settled.  When asked how long the battle will continue, Coleman is reported to have said “we’ll see how it plays out” suggesting that if it does not play out in his favor, he’ll fight on.  In fact, the loser can appeal the panel’s ruling, and likely will.  Meanwhile, Minnesota will continue to be underrepresented in the U.S. Senate during this critical time of economic and foreign policy challenges.   Whatever happened to that Republican slogan, Country First?  I guess Norm thought the chant was Coleman First.

Is Al Franken For Real?

Is Al Franken for real?  Is his run for the U.S. Senate a joke?  Is he just preparing material for a return to Saturday Night Live (SNL)?  If there are any Minnesotans out there reading this post, I apologize.  You know the answer to the question, but it is still hard for me to believe that Al Franken is a politician.  I always thought he was one of the funniest cast members for the 12 Seasons he was with SNL.

I remember hearing him on Air America Radio when he first began broadcasting several years back and thought he was hilarious and frankly, pun intended, good for the progressive cause.  It didn’t occur to me then that he might run for public office, but I am glad he has.

Both Hillary and Bill Clinton have vistied the land of 10,000 lakes recently to stump for Franken and Obama as the Senate race tightens.  The latest Rasmussen poll shows Franken trailing Republican Norm Coleman 39%-43%.

Al Franken for U.S. Senate

Al Franken for U.S. Senate

Hey Minnesotans, get out and vote for Al Franken.  We need more progressive political minds with a good sense of humor.  What a hoot it would be to have a former SNL cast member in the U.S. Senate!  If you need more reason to vote for Al Franken, remember this:  he’s “good enough…smart enough…and doggone it, people like” him!