Coleman Camp Keeps Mum On Whether They Will Appeal
By Eric Kleefeld
June 1, 2009
Earlier this morning, right after the Minnesota Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Norm Coleman's appeal of his defeat in the Senate election trial, the attorneys for the two sides -- and Norm himself -- briefly took questions from reporters. The question on everybody's mind: Is this finished yet?Norm Coleman
"We've come to an obviously critical point in this process," said Coleman. "It's more than about process, it's been about the opportunity to ensure that over 4,000 Minnesotans whose votes have not been counted to have their votes counted. I don't know what it's in those ballots, but if those 4,000 voters had lived in a different area, their votes would have been counted."
Note Coleman's claim that he does not know what's in the 4,000 rejected ballots (out of about 11,000 total) that his campaign selected. No rational observer of this process would believe such a claim if it had come from either side -- both campaigns clearly engaged in a thorough process of cherry-picking, selecting ballots where they either knew for sure that it was a vote for themselves, or had a decent idea based on geography. Coleman's legal team even made a reference to geography in one of their filings.
A reporter asked Coleman whether he'll appeal to federal courts if he loses here. He's apparently going to wait and see. "Again, let's see what the court does," Coleman replied. "Let's see what the decision is. At this point my firm hope, fervent hope, is to enfranchise over 4,000 more Minnesotans."
Another reporter asked: So how long will this all take? "I think the question, the most important question is, how long it will take to ensure that we enfranchise 4,000 Minnesotans?" He said. "Those of us who have had the opportunity to govern, we govern with the consent of the governed. And it's difficult to say you have that consent when you have a race that is separated by a few hundred votes, and 4,000 votes have not been counted."
Remember: The actual number here is that roughly 11,000 votes have not been counted. The 4,000 are from the Coleman camp's selected list.
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