Political spending continues in Minnesota


If you thought the 2008 election was over, think again. The Democratic National Committee has bought ads on Minneapolis-St. Paul News/Talk radio stations urging Republican Norm Coleman to concede after a three judge panel declared Democrat Al Franken the winner of the state’s vacant US Senate seat.

The ad states that Franken won on election day, on recount and in court. “Yet Coleman, and national Republicans who want to thwart the will of the voters, have vowed to file more appeals and hopeless legal challenges that will only result in more delay. Enough is enough. America is in an economic crisis — and Minnesota faces unique challenges of its own. Minnesota deserves two Senators.” It then provides a phone number where Coleman can be reached and urged to concede.

According to Politico, Hubbard’s KSTP-AM St. Paul MN will be a large beneficiary of the buy, which will start out with $850K worth of airtime and may expand. Air America stations are said to be among those in the media plan.

A survey from Public Policy Polling has found that 63% of Minnesotans think it’s time for Coleman to call it a race, and a clear majority – 59% to 41% — believe Franken should be seated immediately.

Calls for Coleman to concede have come from many quarters, but both the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee have backed an appeal.

“Enough is enough,” said DNC Chairman Tim Kaine. “Al Franken won the election, the recount and now the legal challenge where his lead actually grew. Minnesota deserves two Senators and the people of America deserve 100 in the U.S. Senate. More importantly, the voters who cast ballots on Election Day deserve to have their verdict stand.”