Senate to try to seat Franken, but not this week
It was only a matter of time before the U.S. Senate tried a second time to find a way to get Al Franken seated before he had an election certificate.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said yesterday they will try to seat Franken.
Reid didn't mention when this provisional seating would take place, but Franken and Reid spoke to the press after their private meeting. A new statement today from his office said the Democrats will not move on it today and it could be several weeks.
Franken currently leads by 225 votes after the recount totals were certfied. Norm Coleman is contesting the results in front of a three-judge panel.
More from the AP
"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."
"If Al Franken truly believes he won this election, he should respect the laws of his state and allow this legal review to be completed," said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Luke Friedrich, spokesman for Coleman, said Reid and Franken would "ignore the will of Minnesota voters" if they try to seat Franken before the election is fully resolved. "Maybe Al Franken and Harry Reid should spend a little time reminding each other how they used to want every vote counted," Friedrich said.
The latest from the 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.
Here is a video of their press conference from the Pioneer Press: