Sen. Norm Coleman responded to the statement released earlier today by the Alliance for a Better Minnesota calling on the FBI and Senate Ethics Committee to investigate him. Coleman says bring it on, according to the Pioneer Press.
Here is what Coleman had to say:
“As another Democratic group that spent millions of dollars attempting to defeat me calls for a politically motivated investigation, I want to be clear that I not only welcome such an investigation, but I am eager to have it move forward immediately. The fact that a United States Senator is being used as a tool of extortion by private parties should be of concern to all Minnesotans. I reiterate that none of the allegations which attempt to besmirch my family’s good name and reputation are true. This investigation should move forward, and it is my hope that those who were behind this matter, their motives and what their connections may be to my political opponents be reviewed aggressively by the appropriate authorities and the media. This matter, which has emerged again as a result of the tactics of my political opponents, during a recount, ought to raise even further suspicions in the minds of Minnesotans as to its motives and purposes.”
Well at least he didn't outright blame Al Franken this time, but Coleman is clearly pretty upset. We hope these lawsuits move forward quickly (which they probably won't) and come to some sort of conclusion. There is still no evidence that Coleman was aware of this allegedly planned funneling of money in the first place, but it would be nice to get some answers as these lawsuits seem pretty legitimate. And if they are false, we hope this disappears quickly and people are held accountable for some dirty politics.