Norm Coleman Concedes
This isn't much of a surprise after today’s ruling, but the fact that he won’t prolong this any further is certainly welcome news.
The former senator called Al Franken this afternoon to congratulate him on his victory nearly eight months after election day. The concession came shortly after the Minnesota Supreme Court issued a ruling naming Franken the winner in the protracted contest.
â€œIâ€™m really at peace,â€ Coleman told reporters at a press conference at his St. Paul home. â€œIâ€™ve had a lot of time to process this election, think about the past and look to the future. So I really have a sense of peace for where things are at.â€
Coleman vowed to work with Franken as he becomes Minnesotaâ€™s junior senator. He insisted that the fact that Franken will become the 60th Democratic senator â€” giving President Obama a filibuster-proof majority â€” played no role in his decision-making process. â€œWhatever I can do now to be a unifying force thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m going to do,â€ he said.
And note that last paragraph…now Obama has a filibuster-proof majority.
But will he use it?