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Al Franken Wins Minnesota Senate Seat

June 30, 2009

“I deserve good things, I am entitled to my share of happiness. I refuse to beat myself up. I am an attractive person. I am fun to be with.”

Once mentioned by Stuart Smalley (aka Al Franken) back in his Saturday Night Live days.

Now, he finally been certified as the winner of the Minnesota’s long-running Senate race.

From the Associated Press:

The high court rejected a legal challenge from Republican Norm Coleman, whose options for regaining the Senate seat are dwindling.

Justices said Franken is entitled to the election certificate he needs to assume office. With Franken and the usual backing of two independents, Democrats will have a big enough majority to overcome Republican filibusters.

Coleman hasn’t ruled out seeking federal court intervention.

Jim Manley, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, said the earliest Franken would be seated is next week because the Senate is out of session for the July 4 holiday.

Franken, a former Saturday Night Live star making the leap from life as a left-wing author and radio talker to the Senate, planned a news conference later Tuesday and didn’t immediately comment.

Coleman’s campaign didn’t immediately return a call for comment. Nor did Gov. Tim Pawlenty, whose signature is required on the election certificate Franken needs to be seated.

Pawlenty, a Republican, has said he would sign the certificate if ordered to do so by the court. The court’s ruling stopped short of explicitly ordering the governor to sign the document, saying only that Franken was “entitled” to it.

Al Franken Wins The Minnesota Senate Race

January 5, 2009

He’s good enough, he’s smart enough, and dog gone, people like him!

The Minnesota State Canvassing Board certified results Monday showing Al Franken winning the Senate recount over Republican Norm Coleman, who is expected to challenge the result.

From the AFP:

The legal battle will leave the seat empty and weaken the Democratic majority as president-elect Barack Obama works to implement a massive economic stimulus package.

Election officials certified the recount results which handed Franken victory with a margin of 225 votes out of nearly three million ballots cast in the November 4 election.

But Franken will not officially win the election until the legal battle is over and the governor and secretary of state issue an election certificate.

“That certificate will not be issued until after the conclusion of the election contest,” secretary of state Mark Ritchie said in announcing the certified results.

Early tallies had Republican incumbent Norm Coleman ahead by a few hundred votes but that lead was eliminated amid a series of hand recounts in which rejected ballots were reexamined.

Coleman’s attorney said “an election contest is now inevitable” after the state’s supreme court refused his request to have some rejected ballots counted.

“The Coleman campaign has consistently and continually fought to have every validly cast vote counted, and for the integrity of Minnesota’s election system, we will not stop now,” campaign lawyer Fritz Knaak said in a statement.

“The fact that the Franken campaign now rejects the notion of every valid vote being counted so they can attempt to declare victory on the basis of a broken process, and an artificial lead built on double counting of votes should concern all Minnesotans.”

The Franken campaign, however, hailed the court’s ruling.

“The Supreme Court once again affirmed the validity of the rules under which this recount was conducted,” Franken recount lawyer Marc Elias told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

One of the original writers for the iconic comedy show Saturday Night Live, Franken is now best known for the political commentary of his best-selling books and syndicated radio show.