Light at the end of the tunnel for Franken?

Nearly eight months after a plurality of Minnesota voters chose Al Franken, the state may finally be close to getting full representation in the U.S. Senate:

[Minnesota Governor Tim] Pawlenty told CNN that he would abide by whatever ruling the Minnesota Supreme Court makes in the contest, where Democrat Al Franken appears to have an upper hand.

"I'm prepared to sign [the certification] as soon as they give the green light," Pawlenty said. "I'm not going to defy an order of the Minnesota Supreme Court. That would be a dereliction of my duty."

It's not clear when the state Supreme Court will issue a ruling. Rumors on June 18 that a decision was imminent proved false.

Whenever the decision comes down, it is almost certain to be in favor of Al Franken. Expect howling from the same people who agreed with the U.S. Supreme Court on December 12, 2000, that certifying the winner quickly was more important than counting all the votes cast.

Sore loser Norm Coleman may file suit in federal court, but Pawlenty indicated on CNN that he would sign a certificate without waiting for Coleman to exhaust the federal appeals process.

Tags: Al Franken, Minnesota, MN-Sen, norm coleman, Tim Pawlenty (all tags)

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6 Comments

Re: Light at the end of the tunnel for Franken?

1/12 of Senator Franken's term has been usurped.

by Charles Lemos 2009-06-28 05:34PM | 0 recs
Suzie...

Why did you troll-rate this comment?

by Khun David 2009-06-28 08:20PM | 0 recs
Re: Light at the end of the tunnel for Franken?

Could mean that Governor Pawlenty is planning to run in 2012 andknows that he needs a large independent vote to win, or he is not running and does not care about the redneck vote.

by captain dan 2009-06-28 06:22PM | 0 recs
I think so....

He's seen moral warriors acceptable to the base like Ensign and Sanford caught with their promise-keepers pants around their ankles, so he has moved up in the "I'm not a wing-nut but an accetable straight white guy" category...

I think he figures 2012 is off the table, but 2016?

Maybe Tim boy wants to try and take Amy Klobucar out in 2010?

by WashStateBlue 2009-06-29 09:31AM | 0 recs
I don't think so...

He might actually see 2012 as a possibility now, but running for senate against Amy Klobucar is ridiculous, he would almost certainly lose. If he really wants to run for the Senate he might as well wait for 2014 against Franken, he would have a better shot and could work to repair his image.

by political22 2009-06-30 07:37AM | 0 recs
Re: Light at the end of the tunnel for Franken?

good articles

by kevin79111 2009-06-29 06:19AM | 0 recs

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