Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty (R) “said that he would consider certifying the Senate election of Democrat Al Franken if federal courts don’t act speedily should lawyers for Norm Coleman file an appeal,” The Hill reports.
On CNN’s “State of the Union,” Pawlenty said that he is awaiting a ruling “any day” from the Minnesota Supreme Court and that he would follow the court’s guidance.
Asked whether he would certify the election if lawyers for Coleman file an appeal that could go to the U.S. Supreme Court, Pawlenty said that he would follow any injunction or stay. But he did appear to signal that there was some urgency to the situation and did want to see the issue, uncertain now for eight months, finally resolved.
“I’m prepared to sign it as soon as they give the green light,” Pawlenty said of state court guidance. “A federal court could stay or put a limit on or stop the effect of the state court ruling. If they chose, if they do that, I would certainly follow their direction. But if that doesn’t happen promptly or drags out for any period of time, then we need to move ahead with signing this, particularly if I’m ordered to do that by the state court.”
Update (6/30): With today’s Minnesota Supreme Court ruling in favor of Democrat Al Franken and Republican Norm Coleman’s subsequent concession of the Senate race, Governor Pawlenty will sign the election certificate.