December 18th, 2008
04:46 PM ET
14 years ago

Minnesota governor preps to take possible action in recount

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Pawlenty is weighing an interim Senate appointment, says his spokesman."]ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) - Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is quietly prepping for the possibility of a temporary Senate appointment, given the increasing likelihood the nation's lone unresolved Senate contest might not officially come to a close before Congress convenes again next month.

As the contentious Senate recount of the race between Republican Norm Coleman and Al Franken stretches more than six weeks past Election Day, the Republican governor's spokesman Brian McClung told CNN that the governor's office has asked the general counsel to Gov. Pawlenty "to begin looking into... what might trigger the need for a gubernatorial appointment to the U.S. Senate."

There is no word yet on who, if anyone, might be under consideration for a temporary Senate seat if a winner is not declared by the congressional swearing-in date of January 6.

soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. GuyInVA

    I think it was Stalin who said that whoever casts the votes isn't important. The person who COUNTS the votes matters (or something like that). Many supporters of liberal causes, including George Soros (owner and CEO of the Democratic party), are involved supporting liberal candidates for various Secretaries of State. Minnesota Secretary Of State Mark Ritchie has stated how fair and impartial he was going to be. When asked about Sen. Coleman's campaign in the same interview, Secretary Ritchie said that "they" would do anything to win. So much for impartial. So far the only completed count has Coleman winning. State law mandated a recount due to the statistical closeness of the vote. Fine. Since then, an amazing number of ballots have been found, many of which have absolutely no chain of custody. Regardless of the final outcome, Minnesota's election process has no credibility. The voters have already sacrificed theirs by having Franken be this close. Don't be offended Minnesotans, I'm a "thatiritht" like Franken. It's all just "thatire."

    December 18, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  2. Darrell

    The Governor of Minnesota will only appoint a Republican and that is only going to fuel the fire in an already messed up election in that state. He should stay out of it for now and let the system work if you want to call it a system.

    December 18, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  3. No incumbents 2010

    Perhaps he can call the Illinois Governor and get some tips on how to profit from this.

    December 18, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  4. chad in avery, ca.


    December 18, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  5. tom

    i am from minnesota and i can tell you that pawlenty is a disgusting person. i cant wait until 2010 so we can elect his crooked butt outof office. and i hope franken wins this -i dont like franken but coleman is just another bush style crooked dirty politician. we must wash away the filthy stain that is the republican party.

    December 18, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  6. Ex-Republican

    Guess they will keep ILLEGALLY throwing away all Franken votes until Coleman finally wins!


    December 18, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  7. tanner, ca


    He's behind, he's losing, he will not be the next senator in Minnesota. So, in effect, all he's doing is hurting the people of Minnesota by leaving them in limbo for so long.

    Nice pick for a candidate Dems. At least Al Gore had the decency to not drag out a bitter contest, for the betterment of our country. Franken...not so much.

    December 18, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  8. Terry B.

    The Gov. needs to keep his oar out of this water. A democratic election process to place and Tim there needs to just stand aside and wait for counting process take place and determine a winner of THE PEOPLES choice, not his...

    December 18, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  9. Mary

    Tim was a Democrat, then saw potential better fortunes and delared himself Republican. Other than saying he has never raised taxes – true, he just decided to call them fees – he is a moderate governor. He should do the right thing and see Slick for who he is and take this opportunity – if he has the balls – questionable – to put someone in this seat who can properly represent Minnesota.

    December 18, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  10. Betty the maid

    That Sarah Palin is a wal mart hill billy

    December 18, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  11. Brad - California

    Maybe Paris Hilton would graciously agree to take the position, at least on an interim basis. Has Gov. Pawlenty even bothered to ask her? I doubt it.

    December 18, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  12. Tony in Sacramento

    Count the votes where the voters intent is clear and seat the Senator. How hard is that?

    It'll probably be Mr. Franken. Good. Coleman's probably going to be too busy defending himself against corruption charges to find time to screw the country any further anyway.

    December 18, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  13. Del

    Franken will fit right in with the circus, especially the other clown Harry Reid.

    December 18, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  14. Franken Non-sense

    How can anyone of sound mind not see this as a paper thin charade. Bill will not "personally" solicit donations. Big whoop-de-doo. He will have scores of minions doing his bidding, and then have lavish dinners and retreats with these people, but will not specifically discuss donations. Big whoop-de-doo. He laughs all the way to the bank while liberal idiots back home think that he has done something magnanimous. Big whoop-de-doo.

    December 18, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  15. Can't stand pawlenty

    Pawlenty should just stay out of this. He's always trying to get attention and this is just another attempt at a media grab. This is the guy who wrecked our roads, bridges and other infrastructure in Minnesota. He's never even won a majority of votes. He is an awful person and a horrible governor and he has no future.

    December 18, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  16. John

    Franken is is that "on track to winning". You must be a Vikings fan.
    GOP stealing election...the so called stolen election in Florida has been proven to be a GOP win by independent sources. Of course, as a Democrat, telling a lie over and over again can make it seem like the truth.
    God bless Franken who has wasted thousands of dollars with needless recounts during this economic downturn.

    December 18, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  17. Larry

    I have been following this election here on the CNN blog since the election night,this has also been in the newspapers radio,and TV,and yet there are people here that think only one party is involved with the count and parties change depending on who's saying it.Well ,I want to tell you BOTH the Republicans and the Democrats are counting,looking,judging each ballet at the same time.Nobody CAN steal anything.

    December 18, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
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