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. Ken

    I'm sorry Mr. Cafferty, but there IS a winner in the MN senate race. It is Franken...by every completed vote count that has been taken. Lacking an actual vote-count win, Coleman and his [R] cohorts resort to wasting the court's time with specious trivialities. It is a pathetic display of hypocrisy, as the very people who rail against lawsuit abuse and an overly litigious society are themselves a primary abuser of trivial lawsuits.

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

    G.O.P is determined to keep this going....it is a G.O.P strategy..nothing more....

    April 14, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. Irene

    Typical GOP. It's all about winning for the party. Screw the people, screw the country, just as long as the GOP is in power... These guys are sickening and it is good that America is waking up from the Bush nightmare and realizing that the GOP is bad for everybody except the ultra-rich. Go home Coleman. You're a loser!

    April 14, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  4. Afa Adam

    Greed is all contributing this... Why not concede and prepare to fight another day.

    Waste of money for those who keep on contributing to this loosing cause and worst all to the MN tax payers.

    April 14, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. Kat

    Coleman is the world's biggest sore loser at this point - give it up! Franken won, continues to defeat you in courts... maybe it's time to admit that you lost the thing and go home.

    April 14, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  6. Emilie in Minneapolis

    Just one stooge, not three, but you got the genre right, I think. I'm reminded of Jim Janos relating his father's opinion that politicians are crooks. The proof: they spend a million dollars to get a job that pays 1/10th of that. Coleman has two kids in college and a house with a $750K mortgage, AND NO JOB that pays anything close to that level of outgo. I wish we could follow the money so we could find out who is getting what he wants, because somebody is getting exactly what he is paying for. I have stopped believing that Norm is anything but a cats' paw in this affair–and yes, "cat's paw" is another term for "stooge."

    April 14, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. Matt

    How about this Jack. Neither of them get to be Senator and the Govenor of Minnesota appoints Alaskas Ted Stevens to be their Senator for one term. He is the only person who deserves to be called a Senator. Hey Jack I also noticed you omit the fact that Coleman won the election and that Frankens 500+ vote lead came from the questionable recount standards. Why is that?

    April 14, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  8. bup

    "They're still trying to figure out who won the senate race between incumbent Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken."

    That's just false. Nobody's trying to figure it out. Everybody knows Franken won, including Coleman, Tim Pawlenty and the Secretary of State. All they're doing now is blocking Franken as long as they can.

    April 14, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. Willie Mae

    Seat Franken and put this to rest.

    April 14, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. Elaine

    Medtronics is in mn. Coleman is prob. getting backed by them not to change medical device safety act. Why haven't we seen more press on this issue. New england journal of medicine had an article last week and there has been nothing.

    April 14, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  11. Craig - Hastings, MN

    Hello from the still "one senator short" state Jack.

    I for one hope that this fiasco will finally wake people up to the idea that we can elect someone other than a Democrat or a Republican. The MN Independence Party ( not to be confused with those Alaskan nut cases) has been fielding fine candidates for years now (Dean Barkley in this last Senate race). Time for a "BIG" change Jack.

    April 14, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. Rick

    It's time for Norm to give it up so Minnesota can have a voice in the US Senate. He is just a sore looser. He himself said after the election, if it were he who was behind he would concede. Practice what you preach Norm and let it go.

    April 14, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. Jeff in Virginia

    This election is over, and Al Franken won.

    It is no surprise that Coleman says he will wait before issuing his challenge as delaying Franken is all that Coleman has left.

    April 14, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  14. JonDie

    Al Franken won the election; the joke is on the people of Minnesota thanks to Norm "the Joker" Coleman, who has tried to win in court what he couldn't win at the ballot box.

    April 14, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. joanne

    it is too nad the GOP i so desperate for any body to fill the seats..maybe they should acquie smartr peple.

    April 14, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  16. KD

    Just ridiculous! Coleman lost. Give it up! Just when I thought the Republican party could stoop no lower.

    April 14, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. Sammy

    They are right it is a joke. But its also a tragedy worthy of Shakespeare because if somehow Coleman overturns all the rulings and wins he will he a pariah who in many eyes stole an election via legal maneuverings. Saw that once before and it didnt turn out so well.

    But more importantly, I am sure the republican national party is really pushing him to continue the fight so they can hopefully change the balance in the senate. It's nothing more. Thats their right but they should stop with the silly 'fairness' arguments. It's shameful that they think that most people wouldnt know better.

    April 14, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  18. Dutch-VA

    This isn't even news anymore. Franken won!! The election system needs an overhaul. This makes no dam sense Jack.

    April 14, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  19. phoenix86

    Come ACORN, put some more money on the table. Buy more judges and get Franken into the Senate.

    April 14, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  20. kiran, PA


    I am wondering the same thing, why is this battle still going on? Then i realized the answer is that the GOPs will do anything to prevent democracy from happening because that is what they do best. They call Obama and his supporters socialists but the real threat is the GOPs with their gun-toting, racist and commy viewpoints.

    April 14, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  21. Mike G

    Wasn't Coleman asking Frankin not the challenge after the initial count looked like Coleman would win? Oh the hypocrisy.

    April 14, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  22. Sam

    The test of democracy anywhere is not whether you will respect elections when you win–it is whether you will respect elections when you lose. The suspicion is growing that the Republican Party of Minnesota does not respect the outcome of elections when they lose.

    April 14, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  23. steve b

    how on earth could it take 4 additional months to recount the votes correctly?

    Even the creeps at Acorn would have come up with a resolution by now.

    April 14, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  24. David Newport, OR

    This has a simple solution...Minnesota's Govt should pass a declaration forcing the loser to pay for ALL costs, BOTH sides. It is nothing but vindictive behavior typical of one political party that we are seeing over and over again.

    April 14, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  25. Scott the Independent

    Actually there is a winner but the obstructionist are obstructing him from taking his seat.

    April 14, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
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