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Al Franken Asks Court 'Certify Me' Sen. Kyl Warns Don't Seat Him

By Rick Pedraza   |   Tuesday, 13 Jan 2009 05:25 PM

Arizona Sen. John Kyl warned his fellow Democratic senators Tuesday against trying to seat Al Franken as Minnesota’s next junior senator.

Kyl, the senate’s minority whip, says the legal process surrounding Franken’s appointment will take no less than a month before being resolved, Politico reports, meaning the Senate may consist of only 99 members well into February.

Kyl says the reason the Minnesota Senate election remains unresolved is because of Norm Coleman’s arguments before the Minnesota courts contending that newly discovered ballots, missing ballots, wrongly rejected absentee ballots and double counting of votes have occurred during the election process.

“Clearly there’s something wrong here and it has to be resolved by court,” Kyl tells Politico. “There are no stipulations for when proceedings must be completed. Estimations are that it could take a month or more.”

Meanwhile, after having his request to be certified denied, Franken filed a petition Tuesday with the Minnesota Supreme Court to force Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Democratic Secretary of State Mark Ritchie to issue the signed certificate so that he can represent Minnesota in the U.S. Senate before the lawsuit filed by Republican Norm Coleman is settled.

Sen. Kyl also took the opportunity Tuesday to take a shot at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for saying Coleman won’t return to the Senate.

“Unfortunately, the majority leader and his staff have publicly stated they will try to seat Al Franken while the contest is under way,” Kyl said. “If it [the election contest] is done in the proper way, then hopefully everyone will be satisfied with the result … and we will seat the appropriate candidate.”

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