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DonorGate lawyer: Coleman claim wrong — Strib didn’t have lawsuit in advance

Trying to buttress claims that the DonorGate lawsuit is “sleazy politics,” Norm Coleman’s campaign released a statement today identifying another villain: the media.

“Sometime last week, even before this Texas lawsuit was originally filed, a copy of these false allegations was delivered in Minnesota in an unmarked envelope to two Minneapolis Star Tribune reporters,” the statement alleges.

False, says plaintiff’s lawyer Casey Wallace.

“I’m the one that drafted the lawsuit and filed the lawsuit,” Wallace states. “I didn’t give it to anyone in the media in advance, not the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal or the Houston Chronicle.”

And you didn’t give it to the Star Tribune?

“That’s correct.”

[Update: It’s possible “allegations” and “lawsuit” are different. Dunno.]

The lawsuit was filed Monday, Oct. 27. Reporter Paul McEnroe was shown chasing after Coleman on Wednesday. The case received its first media mention in the Pioneer Press Wednesday night. The Strib first put the story on its website Thursday night.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Michael B. Brodkorb on 10/31/2008 - 03:36 pm.

    In a press statement released earlier, U.S. Senator Norm Coleman dropped a bombshell: reporters for the Star Tribune had a copy of the lawsuit before it was filed:

    “Let me tell you how this arose. This is not about public documents researched by an investigative reporter. No. Sometime last week, even before this Texas lawsuit was originally filed, a copy of these false allegations was delivered in Minnesota in an unmarked envelope to two Minneapolis Star Tribune reporters.” Source: Coleman for U.S. Senate Press release, October 31, 2008

    David: Did you contact the Star Tribune to ask if they received a copy of the lawsuit “sometime last week” as Coleman claimed? You’re claiming Coleman’s claim is false, but I don’t see where the Strib is confirming your claims that Coleman has it wrong.

  2. Submitted by David Brauer on 10/31/2008 - 05:24 pm.

    Michael – see update at:

    http://culld.us/l2975437

    Strib says they had no lawsuit doc last week. Is the Coleman campaign talking about some other doc? I have an email in to them.

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