Coleman can't seem to run away from the bad news


Sen. Norm Coleman is in a nasty business and he is bearing the brunt of the criticism even after the election. The guy is just trying to win an election, OK?

Apparently people still remember those lawsuits filed last week that accuse Nasser Kazeminy of funneling $75,000 to Coleman through his wife's company.

Kazeminy has finally spoke out against the allegations, according to the Associated Press.

A spokeswoman for Nasser Kazeminy, the man accused of trying to funnel money to Sen. Norm Coleman, says that Kazeminy denies the allegation.

Spokeswoman Amy Rotenberg says in a brief telephone interview that Kazeminy "vehemently denies the claims."

Read Rotenberg's full statement below.

From the Pioneer Press:


Amy Rotenberg, spokesperson for Mr. Nasser Kazeminy, issues the following statement:

Mr. Kazeminy is a man of honesty, integrity and good reputation. As a private citizen, he has always valued his privacy and never sought the limelight. Yet, Mr. Kazeminy contributes in myriad ways to America, and to his beloved Minnesota community where he raised his family and grew his businesses.

As current Chairman of the Board of the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations ("NECO"), an organization dedicated to celebrating the diversity of America, advocating for positive change in the present, and building the strong leaders for the future, Mr. Kazeminy has focused his charitable and humanitarian work on children and orphanages, cancer treatment, drug rehabilitation and education.

Mr. Kazeminy vehemently denies the false and baseless claims made against him in recent weeks. He declined to comment publicly on these attacks and lawsuits prior to Tuesday's election out of profound respect for the election process. He waited for the election to be over in order that his statements would not be perceived as "electioneering."

Independent counsel has been retained by the independent directors of Deep Marine Technologies, LLC to investigate the claims, but is being hampered by the refusal of some minority shareholders to cooperate with the investigation.

Mr. Kazeminy has always been an exemplary individual and corporate citizen and is deeply offended by these false and reckless claims made by those seeking money. It is his hope that when all inquiry is completed, the facts are known, and the lawsuit eventually dismissed, the truth will be as prominently reported as have been these false claims.

Coleman is also getting a beating by Minnesota Independent for newly uncovered pardon letters he wrote for Frank Vennes Jr. Vennes is currently associated, but not charged, in the Tom Petters' Ponzi scheme. Vennes' home was raided for the investigation and authorities say he collected more than $28 million in commissions for his work.

Coleman wrote a letter in 2002 to President George W. Bush and Karl Rove asking for a pardon. Coleman says he is "indeed an example of successful rehabilitation."

Here is the second letter dated Dec. 2004. Coleman says, "I assure you that Mr. Vennes' moral and ethical standards more than justify your consideration of his pardon application."

Coleman isn't the only person to get backlash for their pardon letter. Rep. Michele Bachmann also wrote a letter for Vennes.