January 6th, 2009
04:35 PM ET
6 years ago

Coleman files suit over Minnesota election results

Republican Sen. Norm Coleman has instructed his lawyers to move forward with the lawsuit contesting the decision to certify results of the Minnesota recount.
Republican Sen. Norm Coleman has instructed his lawyers to move forward with the lawsuit contesting the decision to certify results of the Minnesota recount.

(CNN) - Former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman has officially filed a lawsuit to contest the state canvassing board’s decision to certify results of the statewide recount which put Democrat Al Franken on top.

Appearing before the press for the first time in months, Coleman said he has instructed his lawyers to move forward with the lawsuit.

Watch: Coleman to contest recount

"Not every valid vote has been counted and some have been counted twice," Coleman said, repeating allegations made by his attorneys. They lay much of the blame for these alleged errors on the secretary of state’s office, saying officials there have sympathized with Franken.

The Coleman lawsuit, filed in Ramsey County District Court, would produce a trial that would be presented before a three-judge panel. Coleman attorney Fritz Knaak said he "would not be surprised" if the trial lasts for a solid two months.

Knaak added that "technically, we could re-do the entire recount," although that was not currently in their plans.

There is still no official winner in the state’s Senate race, since Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty won't sign off until legal battles have been exhausted.

Watch: Reid urges Coleman to concede

soundoff (117 Responses)
  1. Texas Teacher

    Of course.... and what else would we expect! Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty is not going to give up anymore than Coleman.... by hook or crook, these republicans will do everything in their power to steal an election. As someone said so well last night... it was done the way you wanted it, Coleman.... now you want something else since you did not win? Seriously......

    The Republicans have been drunk with power and out of control for 8 years….it's time to take whip and chair and drive them back into their caves! :) Seriously... I love that quote... from me.... *LOL*

    January 6, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  2. Bafun

    @jjd
    unfortunately Bush also stole the elections and it was tragic because he was not "just" a senator

    January 6, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  3. Texas Teacher

    Of course.... and what else would we expect! Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty is not going to give up anymore than Coleman.... by hook or crook, these republicans will do everything in their power to steal an election. As someone said so well last night... it was done the way you wanted it, Coleman.... now you want something else since you did not win? Seriously......

    The Republicans have been drunk with power and out of control for 8 years….it's time to take whip and chair and drive them back into their caves! :) Seriously... I love that quote... from me.... *LOL*

    January 6, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  4. Keith

    Why don't you have Craig come back and do some "toe-tapping" for the GOP candidate?

    GOP................Goofy old P-icks!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 6, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Isn't Coleman under investigation for corruption? So why does he bother since he might end up having to resign anyway? Oh, I forgot its only Democrats that should resign, Republicans can stay in office corrupt or not. This is so ridiculous.

    January 6, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  6. Betsy-California

    Isn't Coleman under investigation for corruption? So why does he bother since he might end up having to resign anyway? Oh, I forgot its only Democrats that should resign, Republicans can stay in office corrupt or not. This is so ridiculous.

    January 6, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  7. Betsy-California

    My comment will probably not be published as I am continually awaiting moderation, but here goes: Isn't Coleman under investigation any way? Why should he pursue this since he might have to resign anyhow?

    January 6, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  8. ga.

    america is doomed with these people who just can't stand to lose, we can never be united if these kind of tatics dosen't stop.

    January 6, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  9. CL Get your facts straight

    FIRST OF ALL- The officials including the secretary of state and the canvassing board have done and upstanding job of carrying out the recount. To blame the secretary of state is slanderous and pathetic.

    A court ruling dictated that previously uncounted absentee ballots could be included in the recount if AND ONLY IF both candidates (or there spokespersons) and the canvasing board agreed that the ballot in question was legitimate and ought to be counted. Each party agreed to these stipulations and the process proceeded as such. THUS Coleman himself has approved (HAD TO APPROVE) all of the additional ballots to be counted . To cry "ERROR" now is a ridiculous attempt to insinuate wrong doing now that he knows his time is up.

    Read the articles carefully. They include this information. There was no slanting and my state followed the legal guidelines for this automatic recount with great care.

    January 6, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  10. Dave

    Good job Al, congratulations. Now make us proud.

    January 6, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  11. Proud American

    I just can't believe that a republican thinks they could win anything in this country. Mr. Coleman go hang out in the mens room at the airport and make a wide stance. lolololololololol Republicans god love them.

    January 6, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  12. Carl Justus

    Norm Coleman is trying to mimic Bush in Florida in 2000, but he will waste his owners money by going to court, he lost and being typical republican of the last 16 years, they think they are here to run the world and do not enough brains to run a childs toy.

    January 6, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  13. Ginsings Songs

    I say let the process play out. There's nothing wrong with this going to the courts. That's what the courts are for.....to mediate and decide disputes. I'm a democrat, but more importantly, I'd like to know that the person THE PEOPLE elected is eventually seated, democrat or republican. If it takes some time, so be it. It will be resolved eventually and we can all rest assured that the issue has been examined to ensure the one elected becomes senator. With such a close election, I'd be more suspect if the results were not disputed and closely examined.

    January 6, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  14. Betty, Virginia

    There has been a recount... let it go. Get a hint Coleman!

    January 6, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  15. Sarah, Northern Colorado

    Ok, this has become embarrassing. Let it go, man; let it go!

    January 6, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  16. Jeff From Jersey

    Couldn't you just see that picture frozen in a Great Lake somewhere?This guy actually won once before?AMAZING!

    January 6, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  17. Pat

    How sad! "Proud American" and "Texas Teacher" live in a Stupid Bubble, and they can't get out!

    January 6, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
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