Washington (CNN) - He was once a member of what's commonly called, "the world's most exclusive club." But does Norm Coleman want to return to the Senate?
The Republican, who served Minnesota, says no – at least not now.
Washington (CNN) - Former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman confirmed Wednesday that he will not challenge Michael Steele for the Republican National Committee chairmanship.
"I've been pretty consistent on this, it's very simple," Coleman told MinnPost.com. "I've said if Steele was running, I wouldn't run against him. He strongly supported me in the past; I made that commitment to him a number of months ago – if he's in I'm not in."
Kansas City, Missouri (CNN) – Norm Coleman will no longer be attending the Republican National Committee’s summer meeting in Kansas City, an aide to the former Minnesota Senator told CNN Tuesday.
Coleman spokeswoman Liz Maruggi did not cite a reason for the change in plans.
His decision to stay away from the meeting could be a sign that Coleman is trying to tamp down chatter about a possible challenge to chairman Michael Steele, after his early jockeying irked some RNC members.
Coleman’s potential campaign for the chairmanship was floated late last month in a Politico article that quoted a Coleman confidante relaying the former Senator’s “strong and growing interest” in the RNC job.
Coleman had also scheduled the trip to Kansas City to attend a reception for a friend, longtime New Jersey committeeman David Norcross, who is departing his post.
Washington (CNN) - Former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman said Friday that his focus is on the November elections and not next year's race for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee, despite reports that he is eyeing the job.
But his non-denial denial aside, Coleman couldn't resist a pointed swipe at Michael Steele's handling of the RNC post.
"Between now and November I am going to work with Chairman Steele to make sure that we move this country forward to the path of fiscal responsibility," Coleman told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.
"Listen, the reality is that there have been concerns about the RNC, that's a reality," he continued. "Fundraising hasn't been what a lot of folks would like, et cetera. But that's not the focus right now."
Washington (CNN) - Two new conservative groups launched Monday are designed to compete with the Democratic political machine that helped sweep President Obama into office in 2008, organizers say.
Norm Coleman, former Republican senator from Minnesota, announced the start of the American Action Network and its sister organization, the American Action Forum, at the National Press Club in Washington.
Modeled after the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank and messaging organization, the groups will focus on promoting a center-right agenda.
"While we may disagree with the Center for American Progress's policies, we respect how they advocate for those policies. They are relentless, they are creative, and they are influential," said Rob Collins, former chief of staff to House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va. "I decided to join the American Action Network because I believe we can compete with them on the playing field and beat them with our ideas."
Coleman and Collins were joined onstage by businessman and top GOP donor Fred Malek and Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former director of the Congressional Budget Office who served as John McCain's economic adviser during the 2008 presidential race.
Holtz-Eakin, who will be president of the American Action Forum, said the presidential campaign opened his eyes to new challenges. "I came to understand that liberals had done a much better job at communicating in that political environment, and through modern technologies, to communicate broadly with all the demography in the United States."
(CNN) - Former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman will not run for governor in 2010, the Republican announced Sunday on his Facebook page.
Coleman, who lost re-election to Democrat Al Franken in a close contest in 2008 that took six months to resolve, said it is the wrong time to launch a new campaign.
"This is not the right time for me and my family to conduct a campaign for Governor,"
Coleman wrote in the Facebook post. "The timing on this race is both a bit too soon and a bit too
The Star Tribune of Minnesota reported Coleman's decision on its Web site.
"It is too soon after my last race and too late to do a proper job of seeking the support of delegates who will decide in which direction our party should go," Coleman continued. "The commitments I have to my family and the work I am currently engaged in do not allow me to now go forward."
Current Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced last year he would not seek another term and several candidates from both parties have expressed interest in running for the state's top job.
According to the Star Tribune, seven Republicans and 12 Democrats have filed to run for the seat.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (CNN) - Former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman, widely considered a potential candidate for governor next year, confirmed to CNN Friday that he has been diagnosed with Bell's palsy, a generally temporary condition that affects the nerves of the muscles on one side of a person's face.
"[I was] heading back to the Twin Cities, I'm getting on a plane taking a little sip of water, and realize I'm dribbling out of the left side of my mouth," Coleman told CNN in a phone interview from his home in St. Paul. "I'm smiling, but only half of my face is smiling, so I realize I think we have a problem here."
Coleman said when the symptoms first came on last week on the plane he wasn't sure if it was a stroke or something else, but after seeing his doctor the next day, he had his answer.
"Bell's palsy, paralysis on the left side of my face," Coleman said. "The good news is that...I had a little movement, and by having a little movement it says the prognosis recovery is really pretty good."
(CNN) - Former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman has a new gig - at successor Al Franken's alma mater.
Harvard University's Institute of Politics announced Thursday that the former Republican senator will be part of its latest class of teaching fellows.
Other political luminaries joining Coleman at Harvard as resident or visiting fellows this fall include former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, former Kerry and Obama advisor Stephanie Cutter, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan.
(CNN) - Former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman Tuesday officially conceded defeat in his 2008 reelection bid, hours after the state's high court paved the way for Democrat Al Franken's victory.
"I just had a conversation with Al Franken congratulating him on his victory," Coleman said in a press conference with reporters. "I told him it’s the best job he'll ever have representing Minnesota in the United States Senate.
"The Supreme Court has spoken, I will respect its decision, and abide by its results," Coleman also said.
(CNN) - Minnesota's Supreme Court has dismissed former Sen. Norm Coleman's challenge to the state's November election results and declared Democratic challenger Al Franken the winner.
The unanimous opinion ruled that Franken "received the highest number of votes legally cast" and is entitled "to receive the certificate of election as United States senator from the state of Minnesota."
The former "Saturday Night Live" writer and performer had declared victory in the disputed race after a recount ended in January, but Coleman - a Republican who had been seeking a second six-year term - went to court to challenge those results.
Coleman still could attempt to take the challenge to federal courts, but Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Republican, told CNN on Sunday that he would sign Franken's election certificate if the Supreme Court ordered it.
Updated: 2:25 p.m.