It's official: Coleman will appeal

Former Sen. Norm Coleman isn't giving up his court fight against Al Franken, at least not yet.

Published April 14, 2009 6:30PM (EDT)

On Monday night, a three-judge panel officially ruled that Democrat Al Franken had garnered more votes than former Sen. Norm Coleman last fall. But the court battle between the two men isn't over yet.

On a conference call with reporters Tuesday, Coleman's lead attorney, Ben Ginsberg, said that Coleman -- as expected -- will be appealing the panel's decision to the Minnesota Supreme Court. The appeal must be filed within 10 days, and Ginsberg made clear the Coleman team will meet that deadline.

Meanwhile, the National Republican Senatorial Committee is still backing Coleman in his fight. NRSC Chair Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, sent an e-mail to supporters in which he wrote, "Republicans, and the NRSC in particular, remain committed to a full and fair resolution of this election contest and stand firmly behind Senator Norm Coleman." Cornyn also said that the panel's ruling "disenfranchises over 4,000 Minnesota voters."

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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