Coleman finds temporary gig as fight for Senate seat goes on

January 22, 2009

USA-POLITICS/FRANKENWASHINGTON – Norm Coleman has found a temporary gig while his court battle to hang on to his U.S. Senate seat representing Minnesota begins — the Republican Jewish Coalition.

After recounting the votes, Minnesota officials declared Coleman’s opponent, comedian and Democrat Al Franken, the winner in the race. But the Republican has complained that the recount was conducted unfairly and promised a court challenge that could take weeks to resolve. 

In the meantime, Coleman has found himself a part-time gig, paid of course, to be a consultant and strategic adviser to the Republican organization. However, he will not engage in any lobbying.

He will go on speaking tours, offer advice on policy measures, and help the organization plan its future, according to a statement by the Republican Jewish Coalition.

“We are confident that in a few months Senator Coleman will return to his seat in the Senate, but until that time, we are eager for him to travel across the country on our behalf and to be an important voice within the organization,” said Matt Brooks, executive director for the group.

- Photo credit: Reuters/Eric Miller (Coleman, left, and Franken after a debate last November.)

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Franken won’t even look Coleman in the eye in the photograph used for this story.

I can understand it though, it is tough to face someone when you have cheated your way from being down 750 votes to being ahead over 200 votes. Recounts never change by this margin, ever. Coleman is correct to take this one to court. It is a travesty.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

TC, it’s a still photo taken from a video grab, bad editing not guilt. There is no way the Franken campaign could have cheated, the recount was conducted by the state of Minnesota and it’s election officials under the watchful eye of both camps. Recounts do often change results this much when every vote is counted. Most of the time the margin is so big that it is not necessary to count each vote. If the roles were reversed we would hear a peep from you on the subject would we? This is why I comment on your posts.

Posted by Eric H | Report as abusive

Sorry, that should read-WOULDN’T hear a peep.

Posted by Eric H | Report as abusive

An impartial recount was done by a legal, lawful board.
Coleman lost, Franken won. True it was close but in the end the winner takes the seat. That is why voters go to the polls. End of story. Joe M.

Posted by Joe Marcal | Report as abusive

Hey, TC- “it is tough to face someone when you have cheated your way from being down 750 votes to being ahead over 200 votes.” Really? Chew on this, sore loserman…

(TPM) At a pre-trial hearing in the Minnesota election lawsuit, Al Franken attorney Kevin Hamilton made a striking accusation: That the Coleman campaign has been doctoring evidence.

As an example, Hamilton showed two photocopies of a rejected absentee ballot envelope, one of which was the unaltered original, and the other taken from Coleman’s legal filings in his attempts to get more of the rejected ballots opened. The Coleman copy was missing the section in which a local election official explained why it was rejected.

Coleman’s attorney “speculated that there may have been a photocopying problem.”
Former Sen. Norm Coleman’s attorney was “openly heckled” by one of the judges on the three-judge panel — this one, a Republican appointee.

By the way, Franken seems constantly referred to as “comedian Al Franken” in mainstream news reports. Setting aside that he was most-frequently a radio talk show host for years, in addition to the author of several books, I can’t recall any other candidate for office so consistently being referred to by their former occupation. Not that there’s a bias in the corporate media in this matter or anything, just ask Republican Jewish Coalition strategic adviser Norm Coleman.

Wow. Touch touchy. Its good when you know the Franken supporters actually know he used shady tactics by a democratic led secretary of state of Minnesota. The venom that comes from you on the extreme left always makes me chuckle.

If you really felt confident in your position, you wouldn’t be so quick to strike back with such name calling diatribes. You would state your point of view without with confidence knowing that the strength of your arguement stands on an objective reasoned approach.

I am saddened to say I don’t expect any more from the Franken supporters.

BTW, Franken was a radio talk show host of a failed network because people didn’t listen to him. And his books remind me of some of the hate filled diatribes in answer to me and this article.

Take care and have a nice day.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

TC, it’s not venom or hate that is contained or intended in the remarks to you. It’s called facts, stop playing the victim. I have no feelings of hate toward you or others who share your view. It is your constant derision of the left while ignoring the faults and shortcomings of the right that inspires these comment. Keep it up, it’s kind of fun.

Posted by Eric H | Report as abusive

I thought you were middle of the road Eric? Act like it and quit taking the progressive side.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

Yes, it is fun Eric. You say you provide facts. Okay, fine, that is your opinion. You are entitled to it. I am glad I provide the truth and you see it as some sort of public service to attack my views. You are entitled to that too. It is still a free country.

At the same time, there are plenty of people who agree with me. That is their opinion too.

You in the middle, I mean progressive left…Never mind, you can’t make up your mind. If you were a true middle of the roader, you wouldn’t continually take only the progressive liberal side of the arguement.

I am consistent like all the Bush bashers continually spewing out their subjective hate filled diatribes which never contain anything but hate.

The progressive left really has no objective arguement. Geez, they can’t even get along with each other.

(Lastly, go back and read my post in the Tim Kaine article).

Have a nice day.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

tc sometimes you loose to come back stronger ,it is good for franken to get elected.the guy has a track record of being a looser.some one like him will always damage the credabily of dems and look at the clowns he is going to circulate with.i think his real motivation could be to get new material for a new show,perhaps he is going to revive the muppets ,or perhaps sequel to the three amigos,him barney franks and harry reed.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

TC, this isn’t about right, left or middle this is about a non-partisan recount that in the end Coleman lost. These blog posts are not a place where you can be in the middle that often. If the roles where reversed and it turned out that Franken had lost then so be it, I would be just as vocal as I am now about accepting the results and moving on. Am I Bush basher? Yes, but after an eight year train wreck about eighty percent of the country is as well.
Having a great day, right back at you.

Posted by Eric H | Report as abusive

Brian, I listened once to Franken’s program and it does not surprise me he and the network failed. Neither he or his guests spoke to the people, it was clear they were trying to one up each other on the “intellectual” scale. They were not speaking to the audience because of their inflated egos. Of the couple hundred people who actually listened on a daily basis nationally, I am sure at least 70 percent did not even understand what they were saying, much less take anything objective from their show.

The proof is in the pudding, his radio show failed because no one listened to him and won’t listen to him or his progressive liberal friends in congress for long. That’s why they want to impose the Fairness Doctrine, because they want to destroy the popular conservative radio. The progressives know they don’t have a rational argument they can defend in a rational discussion of right and wrong. The best they can do is call names attack personally.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

Of course you never know what the panel of 3 judges will decide, but I have a feeling Coleman just might be able to prove the process was flawed after listening to some news about what actually happened. As a result, he might be the winner afterall.

The best thing to do is to do a full recount with an outside fully independent board.

Interesting how once Franken pulled ahead, he didn’t want the recount to continue.

This recount story is not over…

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