Coffer It Up

Norm Coleman's new job, by the numbers

Senator, I know that you and I both share a passion for public service. While we may have substantial disagreements on philosophy and how the job of public service should be done, I know that we both have committed ourselves to running clean campaigns, focused on the issues.

My need to make a living, and to provide for my family, should not be an issue in this campaign. I would shudder to think that any American who chooses to run for public office, whether it be for City Council, or United States Senate, should ever be put in a position where they are told that only those with wealth and means can seek public office. It isn’t every American, and I am not one of them, who has millions of dollars of personal or family wealth that affords them the opportunity to seek public office and not have gainful employment. Not being a current officeholder, I am not in the position to run for office while the taxpayers pay my salary. I am simply trying to balance my obligation to provide for my family while campaigning for public office.

You have said that you are a man of your word. And, when you and I joined together on April 6, 2002 at the Midwest Journalism Conference in Bloomington to commit ourselves to running an above-board campaign, I know that I committed myself, and my campaign to that promise. At that event, we publicly agreed to "run a race governed by civility and focused on issues”. We even shook hands on it.

My staff has been firmly directed to stick to the issues and not get involved in the kind of behind the scenes skullduggery and "cloak and dagger" activities that has turned so many voters off over the years.

I recommit to you my words and promise of April 6th to focus on the issues of importance to the people of Minnesota. I hope that Minnesotans can count on you and your campaign to recommit to those values as well.


Norm Coleman


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