Democrats’ reactions to Franken decision: White House “pleased,” and more

June 30th, 2009 – 2:22 PM by James Shiffer

“Pleased,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs (Politico)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada):

I congratulate Senator-elect Al Franken, the next Senator from the state of Minnesota.

The people of Minnesota will now finally get the brilliant and hardworking new senator they elected in November and the full representation they deserve.  After all the votes have been counted and recounted, the Minnesota Supreme Court has made the final determination that Minnesotans have chosen Al Franken to help their state and our country get back on track.

The Senate looks forward to welcoming Senator-elect Franken as soon as possible.  He will play a crucial role as we work to strengthen our economy, ensure all Americans can access and afford quality health care, make our country more energy independent, confirm the President’s outstanding nominee to the Supreme Court, and tackle the many other challenges we face.

I once again encourage Governor Pawlenty to respect the votes of his constituents and the decisions of his state’s highest court.  He should put politics aside, follow his state’s laws and finally sign the certificate that will bring this episode to an end.

Sen. Robert Menendez, (D-NJ), Chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee:

Congratulations to Senator-elect Franken for today’s courtroom victory affirming his electoral victory. As we’ve seen over the past 238 days, no matter how many times Norm Coleman goes to court, the result of the election never changes: Al Franken earned more votes than Norm Coleman. Al Franken was elected to the Senate and he ought to be able to get to work for the people of Minnesota.  We’ve always said that Norm Coleman deserved his day in court, and he got eight months. Now we expect Governor Pawlenty to do the right thing, follow the law, and sign the election certificate.  From health care to the Supreme Court to getting our economy moving again, the challenges facing us are complex and we need Al Franken in the Senate. In this historic and urgent moment in our history, Minnesotans have gone long enough without full representation.  Al Franken will be an critical voice on the issues before us and it’s time to let him get to work.

DNC Chairman Tim Kaine:

On behalf of the Democratic National Committee, I congratulate Al Franken on his election to the United States Senate.  Senator-Elect Franken must be seated as soon as possible.  The people of Minnesota rightfully elected Al Franken to serve in the Senate and there is far too much work to be done for the state and the nation to drag this process on any longer.

Today’s ruling from the Minnesota Supreme Court marks the end of the line for Norm Coleman’s legal battle. For too long, Minnesotans have been denied their proper representation in Congress while Norm Coleman pursued his political ambitions.  In light of today’s decision, Norm Coleman should concede and Governor Pawlenty should sign the election certificate which Al Franken is entitled to, and which he pledged to do upon guidance from the court.  Doing so will finally put this saga to an end and give Minnesotans their full voice in the U.S. Senate.

3 Responses to "Democrats’ reactions to Franken decision: White House “pleased,” and more"

Jay says:

June 30th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

“The people of Minnesota will now finally get the brilliant and hardworking new senator they elected in November”

Other than the ‘brilliant and hardworking’ part of that statement, I agree. He is new.

להקיא says:

June 30th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

the hell

adlib says:

June 30th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

To the congratulatory prose I say hear hear.

To Norm Coleman I say no hard feelings.
If Franken’s supporters were forced to put their dollars where their ballot was and go the extra mile in this legal marathon, success will be all the sweeter.

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