Minnesota Democrats have introduced a bill in the state Legislature that would seat Al Franken provisionally while the election contest is underway.
The bill would change the state's election laws to allow the recount winner to be provisionally seated during any election contest.
Can you guess how both campaigns feel about this?
Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, introduced the bill Monday, according to the Star Tribune.
Franken won the state recount by 225 votes, but Norm Coleman is contesting that in court. The three-judge panel is currently hearing the case.
We could almost write these responses ourselves:
Coleman's campaign called the bill a "cheap public relations gimmick". Franken's campaign wouldn't comment directly on the bill, but said it is "absolutely" one of the important issues lawmakers need to discuss.
More from the Star Tribune:
Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Republican, has signaled that he is unlikely to sign the bill, which has the backing of House Majority Leader Tony Sertich, DFL-Chisholm, and more than a dozen other DFLers. Brian McClung, a spokesman for the governor, called the bill "flawed," saying it would change Minnesota election law retroactively at a time when a the courtroom challenge of the recount continues.