Senate recount trial: Witness swept into the vortex

  • Article by: KEVIN DUCHSCHERE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 27, 2009 - 9:55 PM

A Minneapolis election judge's testimony has become the latest drawn-out recount dispute.

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thezeeFeb. 27, 0912:47 PM

She admits to being coached by Team Coleman. Why would we believe anything this person has to say? She's clearly a partisan who is not above making it up out of whole cloth if it helps her guy.

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bclangeFeb. 27, 0912:55 PM

Does it seem like this trial might be almost over? When the trial ends, will the loser appeal? Could it be months, still, before Minnesota seats a 2nd senator?

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sfccarrierFeb. 27, 09 1:02 PM

Forget the court costs! Not having Senate representation is costing Minnesota millions of dollars a day. People are actually trying to steal the votes of 3 million Minnesotans who were so accurate in the recounting that it was indisputable. 99.99% accurate. This election is over, period. Look at the shape the state is in after six years of Coleman. It will take two democratic senators working hand in hand with a democratic President, a democratic House, and a democratic Senate to restore Minnesota to its glory before Coleman. Another republican, especially one who accomplished nothing for the state, in the Senate will be worthless to Minnesota for the next six years. If anything, it will make things worse. Especially one who uses crooked tactics to steal the election from the voters of Minnesota.

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johnnyonspotFeb. 27, 09 1:08 PM

If she saw this and it went down as she claimed, then where are the rest of the witnesses? Why have they not come forward? Are we to believe they are all Lefty hacks? This woman's face in the pic is priceless! Nothing more exhilarating than withering cross examination, turning the witness into putty, which you can then work this way and that. Love it!

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ies0716Feb. 27, 09 1:12 PM

When Coleman was declared the winner on Election Night, the Franken folks couldn't stop whining about "make sure we count every vote." After a series of dubious recount decisions that all seemed to go Franken's way, now the lefties suddenly declare that the recount process sacrosanct and without errors, never to be challenged or doubted. I will admit that Coleman is somewhat of a hypocrite himself based on his election night plea for Franken to concede, but does anyone doubt that Franken would be suing now if he had lost the recount? Both men are clearly convinced that they are the rightful winner; if we had a dozen recounts then we might have Coleman ahead in 6 and Franken ahead in the other 6. Neither will give it up until forced to and everyone knows that, so it seems pretty silly for all of the liberals that post on this site to be whining for Coleman to give it up. Does any reasonably intelligent person think that Franken would give up if he were behind? I would personally suggest a run-off to end this recount ridiculousness once and for all.

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marpalleclFeb. 27, 09 1:19 PM

Once again team Coleman either screwed up or did this intentionally. It really does not matter who wins thsi round, because the three judge panel contradicted a ruling by the cancassign board, so no matter who wins, the other has an appeal. I like how johnntonthespot goes into personal attacks on that poor woman. Got not facts to stand on Johnny?

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sososoFeb. 27, 09 1:21 PM

We all need to make a concerted effort to remember how self-serving Norm was in this whole process. This is political suicide for him!

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skepticaltFeb. 27, 09 1:22 PM

I would personally suggest a run-off to end this recount ridiculousness once and for all.

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You can suggest it, as many posters have. Since it isn't allowed by Minnesota law, it isn't going to happen unless the Senate declares the seat open. I don't see that happening, either.

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ThieleFeb. 27, 09 1:23 PM

First, what makes her assume that the potential mistake she overheard was to Coleman's disadvantage (other than the demographics of the precinct)? Why did she go straight to Coleman's camp to disclose this matter and not elsewhere? I think this may be the case of a self-proclaimed "Pam the Plumber" who wants to be a hero for the Right-Wingers. She even requested witness tampering! I also suspect she's one of the poor folk indoctrinated by the Right-Wing who never benefits from Right-Wing policies (e.g., she's not in the top 1% wealthies club).

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okabena9Feb. 27, 09 1:24 PM

1. "When Coleman was declared the winner on Election Night...." False. 2. "...the Franken folks couldn't stop whining about "make sure we count every vote." False. 3. "After a series of dubious recount decisions that all seemed to go Franken's way,..." False. 4. "...now the lefties suddenly declare that the recount process sacrosanct and without errors, never to be challenged or doubted." False. 5. "I will admit that Coleman is somewhat of a hypocrite himself based on his election night plea for Franken to concede,..." True. 6. "...if we had a dozen recounts then we might have Coleman ahead in 6 and Franken ahead in the other 6." False. 7. "I would personally suggest a run-off to end this recount ridiculousness once and for all." Silly and unlawful, I would suggest asking a genie for 3 wishes. 1 out of 7 ain't bad, unfortunately the only thing correct is the hypocricy of Norman. But this is an example of why the public process is so frustrating; lack of insight/intelligent thought, lack of objectivity, lack of belief in clear and freely available hard data/proof, and wishful ideas of lawlessness to correct an issue of law.

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