Reactions to the Franken rulingby Madeleine Baran, Minnesota Public Radio
Politicians on the state and national levels, as well as other political observers, are weighing in on today's Minnesota Supreme Court decision declaring DFLer Al Franken the winner of the U.S. Senate race.
President Obama: "I look forward to working with Senator-Elect Franken to build a new foundation for growth and prosperity by lowering health care costs and investing in the kind of clean energy jobs and industries that will help America lead in the 21st century."
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: "The Senate looks forward to welcoming Senator-elect Franken as soon as possible. He will play a crucial role as we work to strengthen our economy, ensure all Americans can access and afford quality health care, make our country more energy independent, confirm the President's outstanding nominee to the Supreme Court, and tackle the many other challenges we face."
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine: "Today's ruling from the Minnesota Supreme Court marks the end of the line for Norm Coleman's legal battle."
Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman-elect Tony Sutton: "Today's ruling wrongly disenfranchised thousands of Minnesotans who deserve to have their votes counted."
The Minnesota DFL Party: "We trust that Senator-elect Franken will be seated without delay, and look forward to working closely with him as he finally joins Senator Klobuchar and President Obama in Washington to advance a progressive, common-sense agenda for Minnesota."
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie: "This unanimous opinion of the Court affirms the accuracy and fairness of Minnesota's election laws and recount procedures. As required by Minnesota law, I will co-sign the election certificate as soon as it is issued by Governor Tim Pawlenty."
U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, DFL-Minn: "I welcome Senator-elect Franken to the Congress and look forward to sharing Minnesota's workload with him."
U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, DFL-Minn: "I am very pleased to welcome Senator-elect Franken to the Minnesota congressional delegation, and I look forward to working with him on important issues, like health care reform and creating new jobs to get our economy back on track."
DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton: "Senator Franken's road to the Senate has been long and frustrating, but he has arrived!"
Minnesota Nurses Association President Linda Slattengren: "Let's get [Franken] to work on the people's business of fixing our broken health care system through federal reform and RN staffing legislation, and protecting workers' rights through the Employee Free Choice and RESPECT Acts."
Service Employees International Union: "Working families need [Franken] in the United States Senate to help restore the economy, rebuild the middle class and renew the American Dream for all workers."
Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota's President and CEO Sarah Stoesz: "We urge the governor to honor the Supreme Court's ruling and certify the election without delay."
- All Things Considered, 06/30/2009, 3:01 p.m.