Coleman donor lawsuit still making news, haunting his last campaign day


We hope this is the last compilation of Sen. Norm Coleman's lawsuit mess. Whatever happens after the polls close tonight could very much change the importance of this issue.

For a recap on the story, check out our Norm Coleman Blotter archive.

WCCO's Esme Murphy asks the big question: Where is Coleman's buddy Nasser Kazeminy? He is accused of funneling money through his business to Laurie Coleman's workplace. Calls to Kazeminy and his lawyer have not been returned:

In the flap over a Texas lawsuit that alleges $75,000 was funneled to Norm Coleman's wife, the person who could set the record straight isn't talking. That person is Nasser Kazeminy. Mr. Kazeminy has not been returning phone calls to his offices at NJK holdings in Bloomington. His attorney Bob Weinstine is not returning phone calls to his St. Paul office.

It is hard to understand why this long time friend and supporter of Sen. Coleman's won't speak out about this matter. It is after all Mr. Kazeminy who is being sued. It is Mr. Kazeminy who allegedly pressured a Texas businessman to make sure the money got to Laurie Coleman.

Remember Coleman's complaint against Al Franken? We don't either. But one of his two claims was tossed:

An administrative law judge has dismissed part of a campaign advertising complaint filed last week by the campaign of Sen. Norm Coleman against that of Al Franken, and has ordered a hearing Wednesday to consider the other part.

In her ruling Monday, Judge Barbara Neilson said that the statement in recent ads by Franken that Coleman was living "almost rent free" in a Washington basement apartment was "an opinion and is not a statement capable of being proven factually true or false." As such, she ruled, it didn't violate state law.

Are voters thinking about all of this when they enter their polling place? Could all of the recess finger-pointing actually convert voters? We are just over five hours away from getting some answers.