The Minnesota election dispute has now lasted for almost five months, with the seat vacant for the last three of them — but that might just be the beginning, with NRSC chairman John Cornyn telling the Politico that it could take “years” to resolve.
Cornyn, of course, is promising Republican resistance to any potential effort to seat Al Franken while Norm Coleman continues to challenge the result. And Cornyn is clear that this means Franken can’t be certified the winner if Coleman takes it to the federal courts, not just at the state level. But Cornyn seems to be going into new territory when he says it could take “years” to fix this thing.
TPM asked DSCC communications director Eric Schultz for comment. “Republicans have made it clear they will hold this Senate seat hostage in order to pursue their political agenda – at the hefty expense of Minnesota having full representation in Congress,” said Schultz. “We’re all awaiting the three-judge panel to return its verdict, and once they do, we will have yet another confirmation that Al Franken won the election – and hopefully he can get to Washington to do the job he was elected to do.”