Saturday, November 8, 2008

Al Franken trying to steal Minnesota Senate Seat?

From Scott Martin

Former SNL cast member and current chronic liar and tax cheat Al Franken is trying his hand at election theft. It seems his campaign just keeps on finding bundles of new ballots from highly Democrat-leaning precincts. From Powerline comes a statement from Ron Coleman's campaign manager:

"Not content to allow the recount process to move forward as prescribed by law, the Franken Campaign and its supporters are attempting a campaign of undue influence. The increasing questions about unexplained and improbable shifts in vote counts, coupled with Franken Campaign antics over the past 24 hours, compelled us to seek legal action to protect the rights of Minnesota voters. We had an election. Senator Coleman won. And we now must have a legal and transparent process conducted in the light of day - and that is our goal and intent.

"Late last night, after another unexplained shift in votes occurred when the Secretary of State's Office closed, new ballots have suddenly appeared from a heavily Democratic precinct. These ballots have been unsecure since the election, yet the Franken Campaign is demanding they be stuffed into the ballot box, attempting to change a vote count that was already finished. Minnesota election laws provide specific rules for reviewing and counting ballots. Today's legal proceeding is an effort to ensure that a transparent and orderly process be in place. The Franken Campaign should be joining us in this action, not seeking to push the process outside the bounds of the law."

And now we have this, also from Powerline. 100 ballots found, all for Al Franken:

As improbable and statistically dubious chunks of votes appear and disappear, overwhelmingly benefiting Al Franken, the Coleman for Senate campaign today filed a data practices request with county auditors and the Secretary of State requesting data related to Election Night results, records related to ballot security and information relating to all revisions made to the results since being reported on Election Night.

"Minnesota has a history of fair and clean elections, and we are committed to ensuring that this election is no different. That is why it is so troubling to us that instead of the normal slight changes in vote totals one would expect during this process, we are now seeing huge chunks of votes appearing and disappearing - statistically dubious and improbable shifts that are overwhelmingly accruing to the benefit of Al Franken. And, as many of these unexplained and improbably vote swings are taking place on the Iron Range, we're asking that local and state election officials provide us with the necessary data to reassure the public that the canvassing process has not been tainted," said Cullen Sheehan, campaign manager.

It has been reported that during the night, 100 new ballots were reported to the Secretary of State's office from the Mountain Iron area. These previously unreported ballots contained 100 votes for President-elect Barack Obama and DFL candidate Al Franken.

I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me. And if not, we'll just fill out ballots for them saying that they do.


  1. Not surprising one bit. This whole government is turning into one big fraud.

  2. Franken was a joke as a comedian and somehow that makes him qualified for politics.

  3. I'm sorry, how exactly is Franken stealing the election? Are his people doing the recount? Is it his campaign who are turning in these ballots?

    What's that, they're just asking to count all the votes, while Norm Coleman is actively trying to stop the count, despite not having a shred of evidence that anything's wrong.

    It's not odd that an audit of the ballots is going to benefit Franken. Democratic precincts tend to be in more urban areas, and thus tend to have more problems on election day due to lack of machines, long lines, etc. So problem ballots are going to come much more from those precincts than elsewhere. But don't get into hysterics accusing Franken of stealing the vote when there's absolutely no evidence to support that.

    I'd be interested to know why Coleman felt an election separated by only a few hundred votes out of millions cast shouldn't go to a re-count in the first place. My guess is that it's because he knows statistically that a recount isn't likely to add votes to his margin.

    If Coleman were genuinely concerned about voter integrity, then why did he suggest that Franken should not pursue a recount (keep in mind, this is before any audits moved votes into Franken's column)? Seems counting all the votes is pretty important to ensuring the integrity of the system.

    Why is it that when you guys talk about the integrity of the system, it's always from the view that less people should be voting, and fewer votes should be counted? If you had even a shred of evidence of organized fraud, you might have a case, but Bush spent five years digging into this matter. Several AGs in the Justice Department were fired over the matter, but in the end, there just weren't any cases of organized fraud.

    Stop crying wolf.

  4. I also like that you've taken verbatim a press release from Norm Coleman and packaged it as news.

    It's not like Norm Coleman is an unbiased party in this matter. He does have some reason to try and undermine the recount and cast suspicion on Franken's team.

  5. Knowing about Al Franken as I have gotten to know about him, this doesn't surprise me one bit. What is also ceasing to surprise me is the fact that we as Conservatives sit back and allow this to happen. When are we as a group that should be fighting mad right now, finally stand up and say "I'm Mad as Hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!"


  6. Yes the dems are hell bent on getting 60 filibuster proof in the Senate so Obama can have free reign. Scott I put your link up on my blog under my favorites.