April 14th, 2009
01:45 PM ET
11 years ago

Cafferty: 5 months after election, still no winner in Minnesota

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Minnesota has become a joke — unless you live there and would like your voice represented in the United States Senate. 161 days after the election and they’re still trying to figure out who won the senate race between incumbent Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken.

A three-judge panel has now ruled against Coleman, saying that “Franken is entitled to receive the certificate of election” after defeating Coleman by 312 votes. But it’s unlikely that the Minnesota secretary of state will issue that certificate until all legal challenges are exhausted.

I’m exhausted watching this… looks like a Three Stooges movie. Coleman has 10 days to appeal the ruling to the state Supreme Court; and if he loses at the state level, there’s always the federal level.

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  1. Jimmy the Greek

    Appeal Appeal Appeal!!

    The longer Franken is kept OUT of Congress the better!

    April 14, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  2. ron

    ...especially if franken (barney frank's illegit' love child, i'm sure) wins, there is no winner for the next 6 years.

    April 14, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. LaTreetha E. Sharpley

    It is truly silly for this race (if thats what it should be called) is still going. Ex-senator Coleman, should let it go and find another occupation. He can run again in 6 years, maybe thats what he is trying to do, keep the race open for 6 years.

    April 14, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. ron

    ACORN is the true winner here.

    April 14, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. Joshua

    This is ridiculous – Norm Coleman is preventing the citizens of Minnesota from having their proper representation in the Senate. I would be more sympathetic if it was a split ruling or if more of his arguments had shown merit. But the court unanimously ruled against him, and the court was by no means partisan, being comprised of a Democrat, a Republican and an independent. For someone who originally campaigned on not being a typical politician, he certainly looks like he's desperately trying to hang on to his job by any means necessary, which seems rather typical to me.

    April 14, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. John in Binghamton

    The is making a joke of both our legal system and our election process. Keep appealing until you win??? It is clear that the republicans are simply trying to keep Franken out of office so they can obstruct and filibuster.

    April 14, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. Will

    At this point Coleman has no chance of winning and is just trying to prevent a Democrat from being seated in the senate. He used to be respected here in Minnesota. Now he is the joke.

    April 14, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. Will

    At this point Coleman has no chance of winning and is just trying to prevent a Democrat from being seated in the senate. He used to be respected here in Minnesota. Now he is the joke.

    Minneapolis, MN

    April 14, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. Dan s

    Every day this is on appeal is another day Al Franken is not further diluting what little respect is left for Congress. That can only be a good. thing.

    April 14, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. Veteran in Kansas

    It's time for Coleman to do the right thing and congratulate Senator Franken so that the people of Minnesota can have their proper representation in the US Senate. What a loser.

    April 14, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. Michael in Houston, Texas

    What’s wrong is Jack, we have become a nation of crybabies and sore losers. They counted the darn votes 100 times already, enough is enough. Get it together Minnesota or we will trade you to Canada for some round Bacon and a couple of ottles of whiskey! I’m sure they wont mind you holding up thier government.

    April 14, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. jaye

    There is a winner and his name is Al Franken.
    It's time Coleman stops his nonsense and moves on...by the way, where are the criminal charges against Coleman? What are they waiting for?

    April 14, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  13. David, Beaufort, SC

    It seems, in matters of democracy in action, the Republicans have twisted their elongating trunks into quite a hypocritical knot.

    By GOP persuasion in 2000, the Supreme Court ruled that counting in Florida must stop - giving the election to Bush.

    But now comes Sen. Norm Coleman (R- MN), encouraged by the national GOP and righteous Republicans across the globe, fighting on to the highest court in MN to insist on more vote counting, even though experts and judges have declared the 312 vote victory by his opponent to be correct.

    Have the Republicans no shame at all ? No.
    Have they no sense of how the public views such hypocrisy ? No.

    Are they really that lacking in class, leadership, principle, and appreciation of the democratic process ? Emphatically, yes.

    April 14, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. U.S. Grant

    It isn't the fact its taken 5 months to get here that makes Minnesota the joke – it's the fact that anyone in Minnesota voted for an idiot like Al Franken to be their US SENATOR.

    April 14, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. Florida Joe

    What happened to Senator Coleman trying to "spare the voters" by asking Franken to concede rather than recount......now Coleman has no concern about the voters being left without a Senator only about himself.........This is just a desperate attempt by the Republicans to keep Democratic Senator 59 from coming on board..........Pathetic

    April 14, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. Molly Weasley

    Actually, there is a winner. It's Al Franken. Norm Coleman just won't admit it.

    And if Gov. Tim Pawlenty had any decency, he would sign the certificate and let Minnesota Sen. Franken get sworn in.

    April 14, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. Ted Tartaglia

    Coleman just exemplifies the Party of NO!. The right wing wackos cannot get over the fact that they lost the election so the only thing they can do is try to obstruct the winning party as much as they can.

    It is time for Rush, Newt, McConnell, and Boehner to quit their partisanship games and work with the current administration to get the country back on track.

    April 14, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  18. Joanna

    Ok enough already. Franken won. But coleman has the right to to contest i guess. But things are not leaning towards him at all, it just has increased Frankens lead. I see the GOP calling foul, but this is nothing like the bush gore issue. Gore won, but apparently votes didn't matter than. Can you imagine what a better world we would be living in if the rightful winner took office! Gore did indeed win, and franken has won too, but coleman should seek all legal avenues so there are no crazy made up theories to follow.

    April 14, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. Annette

    This is absolutely ridiculous and an insult to the constituents of Minnesota.

    April 14, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  20. Kimberly in AZ

    coleman is a typical republican, party first, country last. He does NOT care about the state, if he did he would grow up, pick up his marbles and GO HOME! Like blago in Chicago, this kind of political grandstanding is non-sense!! Atleast Blago had an insanity excuse, this idiot is just a political hack!!! Shame on him, and he now is probably one of the most hated men in Minn.

    April 14, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  21. Matt

    When Gore tried to challenge the outcome in Florida in 2000 wasn't it the republicans who screamed from the moutain tops that delaying the process was bad for the country? That only lasted until December and certainly didn't deny an entire state a voice. The partisain politics coming off the right is sad.

    April 14, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  22. John

    Wasn't Coleman once ragging on Franken for not bowing out several months ago?

    Shoe's on the other foot now. Kinda pinches, eh Norm?

    April 14, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  23. Watchful Cowboy

    The real man will stand up – concede and allow Minnesota to have representation!

    April 14, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  24. Milly West

    AIN'T IT OBVIOUS? Coleman has his marching orders from GOP Chief Limbuaugh and the GOP drones to appeal for all 6 years of Franken's term.

    April 14, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  25. ant

    Norm Coleman is a sore loser.

    April 14, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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