Joe Scarborough and Tim Kaine call for Coleman to quit
DNC Chairman Tim Kaine released a press statement encouraging Norm to step aside. Joe Scarborough aired his thoughts on air. Both join a host of others thinking the New Yorker should listen to the voters, the bi-partisan canvassing board, the three judge panel and, well, most anyone with common sense.
In a press release sent to CP from Hari Sevugan, press secretary for the DNC, Kaine had these thoughts:
"Enough is enough," said Kaine. "It is time for Norm Coleman to concede and for Al Franken to be sworn in as the next U.S. Senator from Minnesota. The voters of Minnesota months ago elected Al Franken to the Senate - and during every step in the legal process that judgment has been confirmed. Norm Coleman's own legal challenge resulted in more votes for Al Franken and now a three judge panel has ruled Al Franken the winner. Former Senator Coleman's insistence on continuing his quixotic quest for this seat at best shows that he is putting his own political ambition ahead of the people and worst that he is complicit in an effort by national Republicans to deny Al Franken this seat for as long as possible so there is one less Democratic vote for President Obama's agenda for change.
"The people of Minnesota deserve two Senators and the people of America deserve 100 in the U.S. Senate. More importantly, the voters who cast ballots on Election Day deserve to have their verdict stand. Senator Coleman may have a right to continue his legal challenges no matter how hopeless they are, but the right thing to do here is to concede defeat and allow this saga to end once and for all."
Yes. It is time to give up the fight, Norm. Step aside. There's always a future in lobbying. God knows it pays better than public service. You can use the money to pay off the 398,648 mortgages you took out to pay for your ambition.
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