MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says there'll be no move to seat Democrat Al Franken on Thursday.
Spokesman Jim Manley also says Senate Democrats may not make any move for a few weeks. In an e-mail to The Associated Press, Manley says no decisions had been made.
Franken came out on top of Republican Norm Coleman by 225 votes in a recount of their U.S. Senate race. But Coleman has filed a lawsuit challenging the result, and the trial is due to begin Monday.
Reid met with Franken in Washington on Wednesday and said Democrats would try to seat Franken, but he didn't say when.
Fresh from the AP, Senate Democrats will try to seat Democrat Al Franken (making him Senator Franken!). Find the article from the AP, and a comment from Majority Leader Reid all from Polinaut:
WASHINGTON (AP) -It's no joke: Senate Democrats are moving toward letting comedian Al Franken join the chamber while Republican Norm Coleman's election lawsuit is pending.
"We're going to try to seat Al Franken," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told reporters on Wednesday, a few hours before he posed with Franken for photos just off the Senate floor. "There's not a question in anyone's mind, an assertion by anyone, that there's been any fraud or wrongdoing in this election."
Coleman's lawyers are challenging the results of the election and the re-count in a trial set to begin in state district court on Monday. A three-judge panel that will hear the case is considering Franken's argument to dismiss it altogether.
Franken finished the re-count ahead by 225 votes. But Coleman's campaign said it will push for a review of all 12,000 absentee ballots that were not counted in the race. Coleman's attorneys said the new proposal could bring as many as 7,000 ballots to the race.
Reid did not say when Franken would be seated provisionally, but he said the two were meeting to hash out the agenda and Franken's committee assignments. (Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Franken will soon be the next Senator from the great state of Minnesota. Weeks ago, the bipartisan Minnesota state canvassing board has fairly counted all votes and certified Al Franken as the winner. It is important that we start talking about the issues important to the people of Minnesota so their new Senator can hit the ground running. We will talk today about:
our economic recovery plan to strengthen our economy now and strengthen our nation in the long term; and on which committees Mr. Franken can best serve his constituents and the country.