Let’s start with the needed congratulations to the new Minnesota Senator. It was a long election night and it has been a long road to get to this point. But all of the Minnesota parts of the election process have been duly served and pushed to their ultimate end. There is now a winner and thankfully no national appeal to the US Supreme Court.
The important issue now is to get to the national business and for Minnesota to be finally fully represented. It is also time to stop the lies that this election will undoubtedly spawn.
– The recount was mandatory. The margin was so close that the law required the totals be looked at, so there should be no claim that the democrats stole the election
– The people involved with the recount are good Minnesotans who did their best. Both candidates were fully represented , every step of the way, and just like election night, county election officials should be thanked for their efforts.
– Every step of the way, the election rules were followed. The certification panel and the jurists who all looked at the issue did so as the law required. There is never a point where partisanship controlled the process.
– Finally, the Supreme Court followed the law as the trial court did. The decisions were well reasoned and supported by all independent legal experts who reviewed them.
Now it’s understandable that the losing side is troubled. I was after election night. But to attack the system is just plain wrong. From the state party we get:
Today’s ruling wrongly disenfranchised thousands of Minnesotans who deserve to have their votes counted. Alongside Senator Coleman, the Republican Party of Minnesota has fought to make sure every vote counts and all voters are treated fairly and uniformly. As we move forward, our deeply flawed election system must be dramatically improved to ensure our state’s elections are fair, accurate and reliable.
From the National party:
“I am deeply disappointed in the decision made by the state Supreme Court, and I share the frustration of Minnesota’s voters. At the core of our democracy lies two concrete principles: No valid vote should go uncounted and all votes should be treated equally. Sadly, those principles were not adhered to during this election. While I would have proudly stood behind Norm Coleman had he chosen to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, I know that his decision to withdraw from this race was not an easy one, but one that he felt was the best decision for the people of Minnesota. For the last six years, Norm represented the people of Minnesota with distinction, earning a much deserved reputation as one of the hardest-working members of Congress. I, on behalf of all Republicans, thank him for his service and will miss his leadership in Washington.”
This is patently false. Neither side was ever arguing that all votes should be counted. You can’t find that argument at any level of the proceedings. Each side wanted to cheery pick and come up with a winning total. Fortunately the law doesn’t allow that for anyone.
Keep this in mind as the future arguments revolve around the year the Democrats stole an election. It’s garbage
A founding partner with Bradshaw & Bryant, Mike Bryant has always fought to find justice for his clients—knowing that legal troubles, both personal injury and criminal, can be devastating for a family. Voted a Top 40 Personal Injury "Super Lawyer" multiple years, Mr. Bryant has also been voted one of the Top 100 Minnesota "Super Lawyers" four times.