Republican Tom Emmer says he's going to let the legal process involving a statewide recount of last week's gubernatorial election run its course. But Emmer isn't saying how far he'll push the issue and didn't give a definitive answer about who will make that decision. Emmer talked with reporters today for the first time since Election Night. He refused to say whether he thinks he can make up Democrat Mark Dayton's unofficial lead of nearly 8,800 votes but says outstanding issues remain.
"Since 10AM last Wednesday, we have done nothing but close the gap. I don't know what's going to happen. All I know is that at the end of the day, Minnesotans need to to have confidence that this was done in a fair, open and honest manner. That every vote was counted and this was the outcome that they expected. That the legal process that is in place was followed."
Meanwhile, the state Republican Party announced today that former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson will be the chief litigator for the Republican Party and the Emmer campaign.
Side note: Emmer used the term "process" 44 times in his nearly twenty minute news conference.
What does he mean by this: "Since 10AM last Wednesday, we have done nothing but close the gap"?
In what political universe has he closed the gap?
The numbers shift as the unofficial numbers become more official after the local canvassing boards meet. Rep. Emmer suggests 1000 votes have swung his way since then. MPR's analysis of the vote totals show they've moved 505 votes in that time period.
Can anyone tell me how Emmers gets back and forth into Canada with his multiple DUI convictions?