Al Franken: Seat Scott Brown now, it wasn't even close
Republican Scott Brown ended a political dynasty on Tuesday, winning "the Kennedy seat" in the U.S. Senate, and winning it easily. Now, as Democrats lick their wounds, and the fate of the Obama administration's entire agenda takes an ominous turn, Sen. Al Franken says it's time to move on.
"This is a substantial enough victory that he should be seated as soon as legally possible," Franken told Minnesota Public Radio. "He won by 100,000 votes, which was about 100,000 more votes than I won by."
Marc Elias, who led Franken's legal team in a bitter, bruising and ultimately victorious recount battle against incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman in 2008-9, set up shop in Massachusetts in the event that Tuesday's election ended up too close to count. Republicans also had a legal team in place. And partisans on both sides of the campaign were complaining Tuesday of alleged voting irregularities.
Brown beat Democrat Martha Coakley in the special election, which was scheduled after liberal Democratic icon Sen. Ted Kennedy died last year of cancer. Kennedy first won the seat in 1962. It was previously held by his older brother John, who vacated the seat after winning the presidency.