Pawlenty says he'll follow court's ruling on Senate

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 29, 2009 - 8:26 PM
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allhailfsmJun. 29, 09 8:14 AM

Is this one of the ways Timmy is going to rehab the GOP? Actually allowing the man that Minnesota elected to the Senate to take his seat?

Imagine what might be next! He might let the democratically elected Mn legislature actually govern the state instead of roadblocking everything and taking on dictator powers to kick our financial problems down the road, after he has left office.

sueinmnJun. 29, 09 8:16 AM

MN has been short changed now too long as far as having our representation in the Senate. This needs to be a priority and why is it taking the SCOTUS so long? The Senate seat is for a term of six years so he should get his full term! This should change the election dates next time and this needs to be addressed. Possibly a costly penalty to the state for allowing this GOP game to be played out!

MarshaJeanJun. 29, 09 8:17 AM

Let's get this show on the road!!

kraigalanJun. 29, 09 8:19 AM

from Pawlenty. Thats also reading between the lines that COLEMAN did lose.

securheJun. 29, 09 8:19 AM

Let's get Coleman in there.

kenw1952wJun. 29, 09 8:30 AM

Don't get to excited my friends, you notice the last line of TPaw's statement, it is very subjective and leaves him plenty of wiggle room.

rebsancJun. 29, 09 8:30 AM

Yeah, how dare someone actually use their constitutional rights to appeal! Penalize them! Imprison anyone involved in this abuse of their constitutional rights! Anyone who was involved in appealing - legally - should be sent to Siberia!

Of course, had this been Al appealing you wouldn't be saying this, right? Hypocrite.

mnjimmy1Jun. 29, 09 8:36 AM

Let's not use this forum for political sniping, and don't be upset that it seems to be taking a long time. This ia a serious matter of who is going to represent Minnesota in Washington D.C. for the next six years. I think the State Supreme Court is acting thoughfully and deliberatly. As former State Supreme COurt Justice Jim Gilbert said, "when he was on the court from 1998 to 2004, it took an average of 70 to 75 days to get most opinions out. After one of the justices writes the draft opinion, the others must then review and comment on it--a process that can lead to agreement or dissent." (courtesy MPR).

theprinceJun. 29, 09 8:40 AM

Nobody does. He was the Governor who resigned and had his Lieutenant appoint him to an empty Senate seat. The public reaction was so outraged that Wendy didn't bother to run for anything again. The Republicans don't understand that abusing Constitutional processes crosses a line that transcends politics. If they screw around with this election much longer the voters of Minnesota are going to punish them severely. If Pawlenty plays games with the election certificate he will have his fingerprints all over this mess. He will almost certainly join Wendy Anderson in obscurity. All we would remember was his part in this sad, sleazy affair.

ted2youJun. 29, 09 8:42 AM

In the future this debacle can be avoided. If or when in future elections an automatic recount is mandated and upon completion of that recount the winner is seated as an apointee on a temporary basis, pending all appeals or concession by the opponent. If the court changes the decision and the final state or MN supreme court rules on the case, the seating is deemed permanent. Had this been the case Minnesota would have been represented since January 7th, and the confusion and drama could have been prevented.


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