January 26th, 2009
02:00 PM ET
3 months ago

Coleman attends trial, challenges recount results

Norm Coleman will argue many votes were not recounted properly in his bid for re-election to the U.S. Senate.
Norm Coleman will argue many votes were not recounted properly in his bid for re-election to the U.S. Senate.

(CNN) – Former Republican Sen. Norm Coleman has not given up the fight for Minnesota’s Senate seat.

Monday Coleman personally attended the first day of the trial where a three judge panel is considering testimony in his post-election challenge.

In a statement also issued Monday, Coleman took issue with several aspects of the recount recently concluded by a state canvassing board which declared Democrat Al Franken the winner in a very tight race against Coleman.

“I will remain actively engaged through the election contest trial, as I have done through every step of these post-election proceedings,” Coleman said in the statement.

“I have great confidence in my legal team and I remain fully confident that if these issues are properly addressed - if no vote is counted twice, if consistent standards are applied, and if no voter is disenfranchised – I will end up where I was on Election Day: in the lead on my way back to the United States Senate.”

–CNN All Platform Journalist Chris Welch contributed to this report.

soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. KenM

    I'm not at all clear on why this vaccuous neo-nitwit wishes to return to DC anyway. With G. Bush gone, whose nether regions will he invade with his nose?

    January 26, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. Hope

    Yes FORMER Senator Coleman, by all means prove all of your accusations. Prove votes were counted twice and voters were disenfranchised. When you can do that I'm sure you'll be in your way back. The burden of proof is YOUR'S.

    January 26, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Pack it in, Norm. You lost – no sense in dragging this out.

    January 26, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. lovable liberal

    Actually, Norm, you were nowhere on Election Day since the votes hadn't been fully counted. Now they have and you're behind.

    January 26, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  5. KenM

    I'm not at all clear on why Normie the vaccuous neo-nitwit wishes to return to DC anyway. With G. Bush gone, how will he be able to frequently re-brown his nose?

    January 26, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. Soccer Nana

    They've locked him out of the office on The Hill; if any Republican Congressional or Senatorial official believed what he was saying, they would be backing his challenge. I have not heard of any support for him from either.

    January 26, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. tn mom

    Let's see if my memory serves me correctly.... Didn't he twice call for Franken to concede before the AUTOMATIC recount so that the MN taxpayers wouldn't be burdened with the cost and lack of representation? So, now that he is behind, he is surely changing his tune! No one will ever know the "real" winner since it was so close, but isn't it time to just call it since the recount is over?

    January 26, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. John

    Republicans like Norm Coleman griping and litigating the results of a close vote re-count? Shades of Gore v Bush!

    The shoe's on the other foot now. Kinda pinches, doesn't it?

    January 26, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  9. David of West Virginiia

    As an election was held and votes counted, it was decided that Al Franken won the election. I would hope the election count was honest and fair. Or Mr. Coleman, we might has votes not counted as was the case in Florida on 2000 and in Ohio in 2004, resulting in a Republican President.

    Either way, it was decided that Al Franken won. Why should you be able to overthrow those votes any more than Al Gore and John Kerry's team was able to overturn the Republican recount. Accept the fact that it may well be the political party in charge will ultimately decide. It may be wrong, but Mr. Coleman, we, Democrats had to live 8 years with it. Where were you when Democrats were in this situation? GET OVER IT!

    January 26, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  10. BB

    He and Blago need to form a club for the Unwanted But Unwilling to Leave

    January 26, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  11. LIP

    I can still hear the echo of the Democrats, year after year, demanding that all the votes be counted and here we are with all the votes not counted. There are a lilttle over 11,000 votes that haven't been counted, so lets give the system a chance to work. The election board lacked the power to determine legality, so therefore they have to go through the judicial system. What is it about the law that you all don't understand.?

    January 26, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  12. Call it, Coleman

    Hey, buddy, take your own advice and call it quits. Isn't that what you advised Franken to do when you had an even slimmer lead?

    See, this is what happens when WE ACTUALLY COUNT THE VOTES and don't allow republicans to steal elections. We find the public aren't the conservative idiots you count on them being to keep you lying GOP jerks in office.

    January 26, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  13. Tim from Eugene OR.

    On election night Coleman pronounced his self the winner. I am thrilled to see another RePuke-blican go down. They only love one thing, and thats money.

    January 26, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. Heather in Seattle

    This seems like a poor attempt to delay the inevitable defeat of Coleman, meanwhile leaving the great state of Minnesota under represented in congress. For those bloggers that keep trying to make this into a perceived double standard for liberals and conservatives by using Al Gore in the 2008 election, remember on inaugural day, Bush was able to take his place as the elected president. It has now been several weeks after congress has been sworn, minus Franken. It is time for the Coleman team to close down the circus and gracefully concede.

    January 26, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  15. rob

    Normally I would not say that this much legal action is in the interest of anyone, however, I don't trust Democrats to be honest about these things. The media will look the other way for the Dems so we don't hear the stories constantly about more votes in a district (DEM) than voters etc. etc. etc.

    I hope the judge gives Coleman a fair and speedy hearing on the evidence and can rule quickly either way. If its fair and Coleman loses, so be it, you won't hear a word. If Franken is declared the loser be ready for the chorus of the left of STEALING etc. but lets hear the EVIDENCE. May be something will be exposed

    January 26, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  16. gt

    Al Franken is the laughng stock of America,,,,anybody but that fool

    January 26, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  17. Steve

    Mr. Coleman is a great example of why we need to reform the electoral process. He is hovering over the remants of the 2008 election like a vulture. This is another case of political self-interest by a candidate that does not care about the concerns of his constituents, only perpetuating his own power. While millions of jobs are lost, young people are dying in wars overseas and the balance of this country's very existence depends on reliable leadership, Mr. Coleman spends hundreds of thousands in the name of undermining an already determined outcome.

    January 26, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  18. Darko

    Gotta love our voting system.

    They recounted and recounted until Franken 'found' enough votes and immediately declared him the winnder.

    Now the burden is on Coleman to prove the facts. How convenient for the Franken and the dems...

    January 26, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  19. EBC

    Hey Coleman....

    You LOST buddy. STOP with the madness. YOU LOST. How many ways can you spell L O S T, L O S E R, and D E F E A T E D?

    Let it go. NO ONE care what you think or want at this point. The country has move on. It's time for you to do the same.

    January 26, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  20. Blue is my favourite colour

    These neocons are grabbing at every straw that they can–they have gone down in flames, and no one is there throwing buckets of water.

    Go away, and leave the good citizens of Minnesota to celebrate their new senator.

    January 26, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  21. Franklin

    Seriously!!! This is why Republicans are so ridiculous. Maybe this will cause some doubt among the evangelical neo-con hairshirt bunch. "Why didn't Jesus fix the election? Why? Why? Why?" Poor little Normie!

    January 26, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  22. Proud American

    I just heard that Coleman was going to sue me for voting against him. Come on give it up you LOST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 26, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  23. Becky, Midwest

    Go away Coleman. Have some dignity.

    January 26, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  24. Frank, Las Vegas

    Former Senator Coleman, forget it, let it go, go home all ready. All your Washington friends are gone now anyway. Good bye Mr. Coleman.

    January 26, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  25. deb in Colo

    This is really sad – he's needs to move on. Maybe he can work for Rush....

    January 26, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
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