Its been nearly seven months since the 2008 elections and while most races are over the Minnesota race between then incumbent Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN) and Comedian and presumed winner (but yet to be seated) Senator Al Franken (D-MN)has still not ended. The two remain locked in a contentious legal battle, though a few hundred votes and a number of rulings and legal opinions favor Franken.
Nevertheless today Coleman released this statement regarding President Obama’s selection of Appeals Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to fill the vacancy on the U.S Supreme Court left by the retirement of Justice David Souter.
ST. PAUL – Senator Norm Coleman today released the following statement in response to President Obama’s nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court.
“When debating judges, I was firm that I would use the same standard to evaluate judges under a Democrat President as I would a Republican President. Are they intellectually competent, do they have a record of integrity, and most importantly, are they committed to following the Constitution rather than creating new law and policy. When I am re-elected, I intend to review Judge Sotomayor’s record using this process. Certainly, the nomination of a Hispanic woman to the nation’s highest court is something all Americans should applaud.”
Someone needs to tell this guy he stands no chance of prevailing in his quest to retain his senate seat. These past months Coleman has been engaged in what is merely a holding action to thwart a 60 seat majority by the Democrats and delay the inevitable. The only thing that has transpired to alter the situation of Coleman is more rulings against his claims that he won the election, the rage of the citizens of Minnesota, and the destruction of a once promising political career that given his intransigence is now likely beyond repair.