Cornyn says Senate should reject Franken

The Hill:

Senate Republican campaign chief John Cornyn (Texas) said Tuesday the Senate shouldn't seat Democrat Al Franken, who leads GOP Sen. Norm Coleman (Minn.) in a hotly contested recount.

“Al Franken is falsely declaring victory based on an artificial lead created on the back of the double counting of ballots,” Cornyn said in a statement. The chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee also accused Democrats of “creating additional chaos and disorder” during the recount.

“Minnesotans will not accept a recount in which some votes are counted twice, and I expect the Senate would have a problem seating a candidate who has not duly won an election,” the Texas Republican concluded.

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Regardless of whether Democrats decided to seat Franken, it remains up to Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) to sign a formal notification to the Senate stipulating that either candidate is the victor.

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It is good to see the Senate Republicans with a forceful spokesman to stand up the Democrat chicanery. I think the Democrats would also be wise to reject Franken because he is going to be a huge embarrassment to their party if he is seated. For that reason I think the Republicans are in a situation that presents several opportunities either way.

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