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Yet Another Shameless Coleman Ploy

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 2, 2008

Norm Coleman’s response to the Texas lawsuit involving him and prominent patron and friend Nasser Kazeminy:  A misdirection play, trying to blame everyone — Al Franken, the local media, maybe even Rocket J. Squirrel — for what he’s couching as a scurrilous political act.  But that’s not flying very well.   As MinnPost’s David Brauer notes:

Remember, the reason Coleman is making a big deal of the Strib is to somehow link Al Franken to the lawsuits (or, now, lawsuits). Yesterday, Coleman’s statement segued from the Strib receiving a pre-filing “copy of these false allegations” to Franken “running vicious, untrue attacks against me” on filing day.

That attempt was underscored today by a misleading Coleman ad, but even now, the Republican’s case is no stronger. The Coleman camp has provided no evidence Franken’s forces knew in advance; the Republican’s very acknowledgment of the “unmarked envelope” indicates he doesn’t know, either.

The Franken campaign has flatly denied knowing anything in advance. Franken also rebuts Coleman’s circumstantial link — ads referencing the incumbent’s D.C. rent deal and alleged “fourth-most-corrupt” status — by noting the claims were on TV well before last week.

Franken’s campaign has sent out an e-mail denying, in no uncertain terms, Coleman’s allegations:

Here’s the story: A Republican businessman in Texas by the name of Paul McKim filed a lawsuit this week against Nasser Kazeminy. Kazeminy is one of Norm Coleman’s biggest donors and closest friends – he’s the same man who flew Coleman on his private jet to vacations in the Bahamas and Paris.

Only a small portion of the lawsuit has anything to do with Norm Coleman – but the part that does is incredibly serious. McKim’s sworn affidavit, since corroborated by a second lawsuit, describes an effort to funnel $100,000 to Senator Coleman.

So are the allegations true? We don’t know. In fact, we at the campaign didn’t know a thing about this lawsuit, had never heard of this company or Paul McKim, until we read about it in the newspaper.

Then came yesterday. Instead of answering these very serious allegations, Norm Coleman released the most dishonest ad of the year, blaming Al for the lawsuit.

That ad is up on TV right now. And it’s a despicable lie. Al Franken had nothing to do with this lawsuit.

Norm Coleman, faced with sworn allegations of a conspiracy to funnel him improper payments, is trying to deflect blame by lying about Al Franken in a TV ad. No matter what candidate you support or what party you belong to, it is a sad day.

With just a couple of days left, the only way we can stop him is with the truth. After all, that’s what Al’s always been about: letting the truth carry the day.

Norm’s stance that the Texas lawsuits are “11th-hour” attacks that he had no idea was coming is further undermined when one examines the record:

Let’s be clear about this: On October 10, Norm Coleman volunteered on the record that “Over the last several days I have received a fresh batch of questions from reporters, fueled by blogs, about personal issues concerning… my wife.” He later explained the subject of those questions: “In recent days, outrageous questions and insinuations have been lodged against my wife about her employment.”

In other words: Contrary to his claims to media on Friday and yesterday, when Coleman a) said that the media (specifically, the Star Tribune) first received information about the claims “last week,” and b) implied that this late, low blow could only have been the work of the Al Franken campaign, Norm Coleman — by his own account — had been asked by reporters about these allegations sometime around the first week of October.

The fact Coleman knew what was coming much sooner than advertised sheds no light on the matter of Coleman’s likely innocence or guilt, but it sheds a lot of light on his claims of an 11th-hour Franken ambush in recent days — put plainly, his characterization of how this story came to light and what it probably means is false. Norm told us himself, on October 10, that reporters were asking after his wife’s job in early October. And he didn’t ascribe it to the Franken campaign. In fact, the outward purpose of that entire press conference was to call for an end to negative campaigning on both sides.

This revised time-frame also lends more credence to the blogosphere conjecture in recent days that Coleman’s own 11th-hour lawsuit against the Franken campaign, announced on this past Wednesday, was a preemptive gesture to wrest the news cycle away from news of that other lawsuit that Coleman had known was coming.

The DFL, Minnesota’s local branch of the national Democratic Party, has called on Coleman to pull his ad and to come clean about his involvement in the lawsuits — and also to reassure Minnesotans that he isn’t in danger of having to resign his seat because of his involvement in the lawsuits.

Fellow Minnesotans:  If this ticks you off as much as it does me, consider stopping by http://mn.barackobama.com/page/content/gotvforchangemn  to sign up for some get-out-the-vote operations, or go throw a few coins Al’s way at http://www.alfranken.com/.

3 Responses to “Yet Another Shameless Coleman Ploy”

  1. Charles II said

    Rocky the Squirrel is definitely involved. He’s Norm Coleman’s chauffeur on his trip to the nut farm.

  2. Really and truly. Though the Republicans won’t care how corrupt he is, so long as he’s re-elected — because with Tim Pawlenty in the governor’s chair, they get to ensure another Republican replaces him.

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