Norm Coleman is never, ever gonna quit

Sen. Arlen Specter's defection from the GOP makes the fight in Minnesota even more vital for Republicans.

Published April 28, 2009 11:00PM (EDT)

Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter's decision to become a Democrat could have repercussions that extend into a state nearly half a continent away from his own. Because Al Franken would now represent Senate Democrats' mystical 60th vote if he were to be seated, former Sen. Norm Coleman now has even more incentive not to give up in his legal battle, if only for the sake of his fellow Republicans.

Though of course he didn't mention the political reasons for wanting to keep fighting, in a statement about Specter's decision, Coleman campaign manager made it clear Coleman will continue:

Senator Coleman’s focus remains on the thousands of Minnesota citizens who have not had their voices heard or their votes counted. We will keep on fighting to enfranchise these voters and to ensure that every legally cast ballot is opened and counted.

The former senator's case is currently on appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court, which will hear it at the beginning of June. After that, Coleman could take it federal and continue to drag things out that way.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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