On the national level, Democrats, banking on a Al Franken victory in the state Supreme Court, are urging a speedy appeal followed by an election certificate.
On the recent Coleman-Franken decision and Norm Coleman’s appeal, Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said: “Norm Coleman is entitled to appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court. If he does so, we look forward to a prompt decision from that court so that Gov. Pawlenty can issue an election certificate and we can finally bring an end to an episode that has left the people of Minnesota without full representation for too long and has cost taxpayers too much money.”
Asked before the spring recess if an election certificate should be issued after a State Supreme Court ruling, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said, “It would certainly seem like the appropriate time.”
Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.,has yet to comment on the three judge panel’s ruling in the election contest.
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, expressed support for Coleman’s decision to appeal. “Republicans, and the NRSC in particular, remain committed to a full and fair resolution of this election contest and stand firmly behind Senator Norm Coleman,” Cornyn wrote in an email.