Fritz Knaak, Norm Coleman’s chief recount lawyer, reacted to today’s Minnesota Supreme Court ruling and – surprise – disagrees with the decision and the stand taken by the Al Franken campaign. Knaak says that “an election contest is now inevitable.” Here’s his statement:
“Given our campaign’s unwavering commitment to ensuring that the vote of no Minnesotan is disenfranchised, today’s ruling by the Minnesota Supreme Court is both disappointing and disheartening.
“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.
“Today’s ruling, which effectively disregards the votes of hundreds of Minnesotans, ensures that an election contest is now inevitable. 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.