It’s the biggest news in the new media/political world today. Here’s the word from the GOP:
Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Tony Sutton today announced that former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice and State Canvassing Board member Eric Magnuson has been named chief litigator for Emmer for Governor and the Republican Party of Minnesota. Former Chief Justice Magnuson joins a legal team headed by Michael Toner.
“I’m very pleased to announce that former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson will serve as lead litigator for Emmer for Governor and the Republican Party of Minnesota. Eric is an enormously talented litigator who is independent minded, thoughtful and substantive. As a former member of the State Canvassing Board, Eric understands the issues at stake during this process. Eric is a tremendous addition to our legal team, and I know he will do his part to make certain that every legally cast vote is counted,” said Republican Party of Minnesota Tony Sutton.
Meanwhile a Democratic lawmaker accused Republicans of dragging out the election:
State Rep. Ryan Winkler (DFL – Golden Valley), author of nation-leading, bipartisan election reform legislation (HF3111 & HF3108) passed in 2010, released this statement today in response to Tom Emmer’s preparations to frivolously litigate the outcome of the upcoming recount.
“Bipartisan election reforms passed last session have greatly improved the accuracy of Minnesota elections, eliminating loopholes identified during the 2008 recount.
“Nation-leading reforms passed last session were supported by 132 members of the House – including former GOP Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer – and 67 members of the Senate.
“Those reforms further-improved the accuracy of our elections by streamlining the absentee ballot process, tightening rules on the distribution and collection of ballots from election judges, and enacting new safeguards to prevent felons and non-citizens from voting.
“Thanks to the bipartisan work of Republicans and Democrats in the legislature, the upcoming gubernatorial recount should be one of the most efficient and accurate election recounts in state history – and not subject to serious legal challenge.
“Still, Tom Emmer’s legal team is lining up to delay the inevitable, preparing to drag our state through the mire of a protracted lawsuit that only seeks to defer the will of the people.
“It’s time to complete a fair and accurate recount, and then allow the state’s leaders to begin the work of addressing the serious challenges facing Minnesota families and businesses.”