In a 15-minute news conference, looking relaxed and upbeat, Norm Coleman congratulated Al Franken, reminisced about his 6-year term and the “longest election in Minnesota history” and didn’t discuss the details of the rejected legal challenge.
“We have reached the point where further litigation damages the unity of our state,” Coleman said. “I congratulate Al Franken in his victory in his election.”
“The bottom line is that’s history. I’m not looking back… We are a nation of laws, not men and women. The court has spoken.”
Coleman on his future: “I’m considering whether I can do a better job of catching fish in the next couple of days… I haven’t made a decision yet about the future.”
On his state of mind: “I’ve had a lot of time to process this election, to think about the past and look to the future, and really have a sense of peace of where things are at.”
On the opinion: “the ruling surprised me. I thought we had a better case.”
Special thanks: Sen. Amy Klobuchar. “The good thing for Al Franken is that he’s got Amy Klobuchar by his side.”
Stuff he’ll remember: Constituent service, such as helping people with international custody cases. “It is the people things.” Policy: United Nations oversight, energy independence and renewables. “I’m going to continue to be involved in those discussions.”
Moments later, Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s office issued the following statement:
â€œThe Minnesota Supreme Court has today addressed the issues surrounding the accuracy and integrity of our election system during the 2008 U.S. Senate race in Minnesota.Â In light of that decision and Senator Colemanâ€™s announcement that he will not be pursuing an appeal, I will be signing the election certificate today as directed by the court and applicable law.
â€œI would like to thank Senator Coleman for his service.Â As state solicitor general, Mayor of Saint Paul and United States Senator, he has been an extraordinary leader and public servant for Minnesota.
â€œI also want to congratulate Al Franken and wish him well as he serves the people of Minnesota.â€
President Obama offered this to-do list for Minnesota’s new junior senator:
“I look forward to working with Senator-Elect Franken to build a new foundation for growth and prosperity by lowering health care costs and investing in the kind of clean energy jobs and industries that will help America lead in the 21st century.â€