Minn. Gov. says "few more months" for Senate resolution

Gov. Tim Pawlenty tells MSNBC he's not ready to sign the election certificate in the Coleman-Franken race just yet.

Published April 6, 2009 10:30PM (EDT)

If you've ever thought to yourself, "Gosh, I sure hope that Coleman-Franken race in Minnesota drags out as long as possible -- I don't know what I'll do with myself when it's over," I have some good news for you.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Republican, was on MSNBC Monday talking about the ongoing legal battle over the outcome of that campaign. Anchor Norah O'Donnell asked Pawlenty what he'll do if, after counting additional absentee ballots on Tuesday, a three-judge panel rules that Democrat Al Franken won the race.

"The Minnesota Supreme Court said, in a recent decision, that a certificate shouldn't issue or -- isn't likely that it should issue until the state court process has run its course. That would include the appellate process," Pawlenty said. "It's pretty clear one side or the other's going to take that next step and it wouldn't be appropriate for me or anyone else to step in front of it. It's frustrating that this is taking so long. But we need a proper and just and accurate and legal result and it looks look it's going to take a few more months to get that."

As Politico's Josh Kraushaar notes, Pawlenty also left open the possibility that his fellow Republican, former Sen. Norm Coleman, would take his fight to federal appeals courts.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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