January 22nd, 2009
10:00 AM ET
4 years ago

Coleman packs, vows to continue legal fight

 Minnesota's Norm Coleman predicts he'll be back in the U.S. Senate after his legal battle.

Minnesota's Norm Coleman predicts he'll be back in the U.S. Senate after his legal battle.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Norm Coleman began packing his Capitol Hill office Wednesday, but said he has no intention of giving up his legal fight to serve another term in Congress.

Coleman, a Republican from Minnesota, trails Democrat Al Franken by 225 votes. But in an interview with CNN, Coleman claimed Franken's lead was "artificial" and expressed hope that the Minnesota courts will rule in his favor on ballot disputes when a court hearing begins next week.

"I really do have a sense of confidence that this will work itself out the right away," Coleman said.

Franken, the comedian-turned liberal talk show host, was also on Capitol Hill on Wednesday meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, "to discuss the legislative agenda, especially the economic stimulus" plan, a Reid spokesman said.

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  1. Jeff Brown

    Good riddance to another Bush lackey!!!!!

    January 22, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  2. Joyce Becker

    It was time for Norm Coleman to pack up his belongings and head home, he knows he lost his election and now he can go on with what ever he wants to do with his career, but it will not be in the Senate, that's for sure.

    January 22, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. Darth Vadik, CA

    I'm not being mean this time at all (though I can be occasionally),
    but does Coleman look like he has aged 15 years in the last 2 months?

    January 22, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. beevee

    Go home Coleman. You lost the election narrowly.

    January 22, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. insanity

    Coleman should concede. The longer this drags on the more damage it does to MN. Coleman has lost the race.. accept it and move on. Let the people of MN have a voice sooner rather than later.

    Republicans are so hypocritical. They pretend that they are the most patriotic, but when it comes to their interests, patriotism is out the window.


    January 22, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. Chance

    Colemen should leave washington with his head held high and fight it out in the next election. I am not saying that he is wrong for wanting to retain his seat but, we went through this once with the presidential race and it severely tainted Al Gore from ever having a chance to run for the office again. Wait till the next election to slug it out but do it on the campaign trail

    January 22, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. President Kennedy

    Coleman, what a vile piece of work. Check out george galloway owning him on youtube.

    January 22, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  8. Vicky from Milwaukee

    Why are Republicans such bad sports?
    Why does it surprise anyone that Minnesota would elect a comedian?
    Franken is a major improvement over Jesse Ventura. At least we won't have to listen to that strange, steroid laced voice for six years.

    January 22, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  9. Chipster

    This is just sad. The recount of the ballots and even the questionable ones that both candidates agreed to count is over. Coleman is just making it worse for himself.

    January 22, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. byay

    It already has worked out the right way. Bye, bye

    January 22, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. kgeukes

    Yo! You lost. Sore loser.

    January 22, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  12. Dave

    He also took a vow in his marriage, but that didn't seem to matter.

    January 22, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  13. Angie in Pa


    January 22, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  14. becca

    Good for him

    January 22, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. Change

    GOP = Goofs on Parade

    January 22, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  16. Jen, NYC

    Keep it up, Coleman; we already have too many liberal jokers in Washington.

    January 22, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  17. Larry from RI

    Hey Norm – when you loose again will you go away then or will you stick around to show the Country how petty you really are?


    January 22, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  18. patriot

    Right after the election but before the legally required recount was even started, Coleman told Franken he should "do the right thing" and concede to save the taxpayers the cost of the recount. Now that the recount is over and Franken has been shown to have won the election, Coleman brings on the lawsuit and deprives Minnesotans from representation. Apparently, the "right thing" to Coleman is whatever benefits himself, never mind the 4 million citizens of his state.

    January 22, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  19. California Gold

    Surely this is a huge disappointment for Coleman, however, there comes a time when the greater good (i.e. the people of Minnesota) deserve representation instead of Coleman's stall tactics. I now see a Coleman who is bitter, mean spirited, nasty and unprofessional. These very traits have been a turn off for the voter. Sadly Coleman is so wrapped up in himself he doesn't notice.

    January 22, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  20. Al Ram

    This is a case of a person once he tasted power he does not want to relinquish it. Grow up Coleman!!!

    January 22, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  21. alvino

    How did we get to the point where the loser (Coleman) seems to think he is entitled to an office he did not win? Oh yeah, Bush in 2000.

    January 22, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  22. Carmela, Longwood, Florida

    Give it up, Norm. You lost.

    January 22, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  23. Will18E

    An other example of a republican filing a frivolous law suite. tying up the courts and wasting tax payer money. So the next time you see a GOP candidate or special interest group pushing tort reform, just laugh at them.

    January 22, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  24. richard

    Only Democrats can get more votes than voter and they think they won. Why should MN let Franken steal the Senate Seat. Franken should just leave MN with his tail between his legs for the fraud he’s trying to commit.

    January 22, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  25. James

    Minnesota having only one voice in the senate during these times is a travesty.

    Coleman should allow Franken (as the certifiable winner of the election) to sit in the senate and vote until the legal battle is finalized. I know that even letting Franken go to Washington could be a nail in Coleman's coffin for this senate term, but Minnesota should come first.

    The longer Coleman drags this out, the more it seems to me that he doesn't know how to live a life outside of politics...

    January 22, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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