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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

April 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Minnesota Senate battle

Al Franken must take rightful seat

After an exhaustive, exacting electoral process in Minnesota, it is clearly time to seat Al Franken as Minnesota’s junior senator [“Coleman attorney: Appeal next week in Senate fight,” seattletimes.com, Politics & Government, April 14].

The recounts could not have been more painstakingly accurate, governed by a tri-partisan panel that unanimously rejected the consistently erroneous falsehoods and inaccuracies from the Norm Coleman camp, which includes physically marking on voter ballots.

For more than five months, Coleman and his joint PR and legal team — the same folks who ran Bush’s 2000 Florida campaign — have utterly failed in any legal, factual manner to provide any evidence whatsoever that the election was stolen, unfair or biased toward Franken.

Their desperate calls for a revote — talk about the pot calling the kettle black — are disingenuous at best, hypocritical at worst. Make no mistake: Coleman & Co. have no concern about counting every vote.

Most disturbing are calls from senior leaders of the GOP, like Texas Sen. John Cornyn, and media blowhards, like Bill O’Reilly, who have publicly stated that Coleman should continue prolonging this important election to force Franken to raise funds to fight and delay votes on serious issues. Have they no shame, the Republicans?

The lies need to end here. Coleman lost, period. It is time for the Democrats to toughen up and demand that Minnesota’s newest senator take his rightful place during this critical time in our nation’s history. Go ahead, let them filibuster!

— Paul West, Seattle

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