Coleman hints he'll take his case federal

Most Minnesotans want the former senator to concede now, but it seems like he might continue his legal battle against Al Franken for a while longer.

Published April 17, 2009 8:15PM (EDT)

A recent poll showed that 63 percent of Minnesotans believe former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn. should end his legal battle and concede to Democratic challenger Al Franken, but Coleman shows no signs of stopping. In fact, Coleman is now hinting that he'll take his court challenge federal if he loses in front of the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Hot Air's Ed Morrisey flags an interview Coleman gave to a local radio station in which he told host Jason Lewis, "I do just want to note one thing, Jason, that nobody’s talked about: The basis of our appeal, the fundamental basis is the Constitution of the United States, it’s called equal protection and due process."

As Morrisey notes, this kind of argument is not one you make in front of a state court -- it's a tailored to the federal level, and could indicate that he's getting ready to go there next.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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