Dayton side lashes out at anonymous GOP quote on recount

A “Republican operative” is anonymously quoted in today’s Star Tribune saying of the governor’s recount, “I don’t think there’s any downside to keeping this recount going on as long as possible If we keep the process going, there are opportunities for us in the upcoming legislative session.”

Presumably, that would involve some kind of delaying tactics, such as a court challenge after the recount proceedings wrap up.

In response, the Mark Dayton camp lashed out this afternoon.

“If that is the Republicans’ goal, it is a strategy designed to hijack the will of Minnesota voters,” said Ken Martin, Dayton’s recount director. “Such an outrageous power grab would be completely un-Minnesotan.  We expect that it would blow up in the Republicans’ faces.”

Martin, in a release, added that Dayton’s lead of nearly 9,000 votes is holding firm as county audits continue.

Said Martin: “If Tom Emmer chooses to proceed with the manual recount, we expect that it will go smoothly and fully confirm the canvass results … The people spoke on November 2, and we know what they said. They said that Mark Dayton will become governor on January 3.”

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