Washington, DC—Jim Manley, spokesman to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, made the following statement today after the Minnesota State Canvassing Board certified Al Franken as the winner in the state’s Senate race:
“Now that the bipartisan state canvassing board has certified Al Franken as the winner, we hope Senator Coleman respects its decision and does not drag this out for months with litigation. Shortly after Election Day, Coleman criticized Mr. Franken for wanting a recount and wasting taxpayer money. Now that it is clear he lost, Coleman should follow his own advice and not subject the people of Minnesota to a costly legal battle.
“However, there will not be an effort to seat Mr. Franken tomorrow.”