WASHINGTON, DC and ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) – Democratic Senate hopeful Al Franken will meet with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid late Wednesday afternoon “to discuss the legislative agenda, especially the economic stimulus” plan, a Reid aide tells CNN.
A Democratic source close to Franken added that the two would not discuss provisionally seating the Minnesota Senate hopeful, and that the meeting was to focus on the latest Senate business.
Franken and former Republican Sen. Norm Coleman are caught fight over the only empty seat in the U.S. Senate. Also Wednesday afternoon: a three-judge panel will hear arguments brought by Franken's attorneys that Coleman's pending legal challenge to contest the recount results should be dismissed.
Coleman is also in Washington Wednesday, stopping in for the Senate GOP policy lunch in the Capitol.
Coleman said he's in DC for media interviews and to keep his colleagues informed on his legal battle to retain his seat. He added he is "fairly confident, real optimistic" he'll be able to.
About his situation as being both an ex-senator and a possibly future senator, he joked, "I'm a Jewish kid from Brooklyn but I think I know what purgatory is."
(Mark Preston and Ted Barrett reported from Washington; Chris Welch reported from St. Paul, Minnesota)