Q&A on Minn. Senate recount trial

  • Article by: PATRICK CONDON , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 25, 2009 - 12:00 AM
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denisjhJan. 24, 09 1:21 PM

Unlike Coleman, who has spent his entire working life on the government payroll, Franken made a fortune in private enterprise. He doesn't need to have anyone pay his bills for him.

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jcbbauerJan. 24, 09 1:34 PM

could remortgage his house.

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direwolf1971Jan. 24, 09 1:40 PM

As has been pointed out, Al Franken made a fortune in private life. His career includes a string of seasons on SNL, four Emmys, a string of NYT bestsellers on addiction recovery and politics,successful screenplays, and a successful stint with Air America. He left Air America to run for office. Voner26, have YOU ever made money through creative endeavor? (And no, the special lilt in your voice when you say "Welcome to Wal-Mart doesn't count)

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RipAndersonJan. 24, 09 1:52 PM

??? I thought Air America never did make a dime of profit -- even with Franken as the "star" -- and went bankrupt because there was never enough audience to draw much advertising to pay the bills.

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olaf91Jan. 24, 09 1:58 PM

Shouldn't Norm Coleman and Al Franken be present throughout this trial? At least Coleman since he is the one bringing suit against the people of Minnesota and state? I find it ironic Coleman isn't even working here in Minnesota ... instead he is out lobbying for the Republican Jewish group.

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sunshine123Jan. 24, 09 2:07 PM

The Franken's radio show was considered quite a big success and hurt Air American tremendously when he left, radio's loss was Minnesota's gain... I could point it out but those detractors will deny and disparage, it's what they do. Too bad the story didnt include the fact that Coleman's team has submitted zero evidence unlike Franken's, that should play an impact in Coleman's likihood of prevailing.. or the fact that Coleman doesnt believe he will win, just paying back his donors by keeping Franken out of the Senate as long as possible, I doubt he has much interest in the proceedings.

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LisaMplsJan. 24, 09 2:30 PM

Seems to me he'd shy away from it now that Obama has started cracking down on lobbyists and their senate puppets (like Normy Doody - no offense intended to Howdy).

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grainmanJan. 24, 09 2:31 PM

Coleman has no interest in winning the election at this point and does not care. He never did care. He moved to Mn for political purposes just as he will leave MN for political purposes. He is not doing the work of the people, only doing the work of his new party. He is like a chameleon. He will join whatever party that he can draw money from. A good many professional politicians have done the same. He is working out of state now to pay his bills or mortgage. I would be surprised to see him move back. Good luck MN.

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BucklawJan. 24, 09 2:34 PM

...because Former Senator Norm Coleman will not live up to the standard he asked others to accept and get out of the way.

Norm needs to realize that the interests of Minnesota are more important than Norm Coleman. The ex-senator should do his adopted home state a favor and let the results of the election, which he and his cronies obsverved in both its original run and its recount, stand.

Norm Coleman is fast becoming a very absurd tragic figure. The longer he draws this out the more he drags down his supporters and causes political divides to fester. We need to move on. This act is over. Please contact ex-Senator Coleman and ask him to do the honorable thing and concende.

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kdolsonJan. 24, 09 2:44 PM

i always have to laugh whenever i hear extremists rant and rave about how norm was up by so many votes and how there's no way al could have overtaken him. oh really? was his lead really THAT sizable? well, not according to the secretary of state. after the election, norm led by 215 votes out of 2.9 million. that is a difference of .007%. that is MINISCULE!! its teeny weeny tiny!! now, after the recount, we've had a 440 vote swing so that now al is leading by 225 votes. does that really seem like a big difference? does it seem unimaginable that such a thing could occur? a swing of 440 votes seems HUGE! well.... in reality, its not. again, 440 votes out of 2.9 million votes is .015 %. ha!! its not even a tenth of 1 percent! its not even close!

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