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Roll Call source: Coleman unlikely to take election case to federal court

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rumor has it that Republican Norm Coleman is not likely to pursue a federal fight against Democratic challenger Al Franken if he loses his case before the State Supreme court, according to unnamed sources in a Roll Call article.

“Sources close to Coleman say the former senator would likely give up his legal battle and accept defeat if the Minnesota Supreme Court decides in Franken’s favor. That’s because Coleman anticipates that Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) would ultimately sign Franken’s certification papers,” Roll Call reports.

And, later on…

“Still, sources say Coleman, who is vying for a second term, does not have the same appetite to pursue his case in federal court as he did for his state court battle.”

“‘He will be done’ if he loses at the state Supreme Court, one Republican predicted.”

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Steve Titterud on 06/04/2009 - 01:40 pm.

    This is a chance for Mr. Coleman to do the right thing, and exit with some grace. Down the road, Minnesotans will remember how he responds to the Court’s decision.

  2. Submitted by Terry Hayes on 06/04/2009 - 02:18 pm.

    I wonder if Norm’s preferences will carry any weight with the RNC. He may still be a useful tool for them.

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