Cornyn says Senate should reject Franken
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.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.
“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.
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.