Jay Weiner’s Washington Post opinion piece offers candidates recount advice

MinnPost’s Jay Weiner wrote this piece for Sunday’s Washington Post, foreseeing recounts next month and offering some tips to candidates whose races may tumble into overtime, just like the 2008 Minnesota Senate recount did.

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  1. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 10/18/2010 - 01:42 pm.

    “If you’re a candidate who hasn’t hired a recount lawyer yet, you’re probably too late. In 2008, Franken’s campaign had a local lawyer working on detailed recount plans a month before the election, way before Coleman’s side. You also need to prepare early for a potential trial, or at least a series of recount-related legal hearings.”

    “In 2008, Franken’s lead trial lawyer was on site in November prepping for courtroom action; Coleman didn’t hire his lead trial lawyer until days before proceedings began in January. Guess who won the trial.”

    Yup…looks like a carefully laid plan to me; Coleman never knew what hit him, and neither did the people that voted for him.

  2. Submitted by Grant Abbott on 10/18/2010 - 02:10 pm.

    Congratulations on a great article in the Post! But don’t consultants get paid big bucks to hand out such advice? You just gave this out for free, for the whole nation of aspiring candidates, political operatives, election officials, and lawyers to see. Think of your sons’ educations! Such generosity is magnanimous.

    See you Thursday afternoon at the U of MN. Maybe if I read your book really carefully and listen even harder to your presentations I can move on to a new career as a vote recount specialist.

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