Norm Coleman pay-off scandal grows

Ladies and gentleman, meet the man the Republicans want to be the next Senator from Minnesota! (By next, I mean, after Al Franken serves his term):

The former finance chief of a Texas company controlled by Nasser Kazeminy, a close friend of former Sen. Norm Coleman, said in a deposition last week that Kazeminy ordered $100,000 in fees be paid to a Minneapolis insurance agency where Coleman’s wife was employed.

B.J. Thomas, who was chief financial officer of Deep Marine Technology Inc., said that $75,000 of that sum was paid to Hays Companies even though he saw no evidence of Deep Marine receiving any consulting services from Hays.

Thomas’ deposition, taken under oath on March 19 and obtained by the Star Tribune, is the first corroboration from an official at Deep Marine of allegations made by company founder Paul McKim in a lawsuit filed last year against the company.

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27 Responses to “Norm Coleman pay-off scandal grows”

  1. SouthernYankee says:

    I think it will be a cold day in hell if he pays me $5.00. I’ll be happy if Franken gets his seat. He won it fair and square.

  2. Butch1 says:

    Because there are two sets of rules; those the democrats have to follow and those for the republicans. They seem to have no morals and Coleman fits in nicely in their pack of wolves.

  3. Butch1 says:

    Many thanks for taking the time to bring me up to date on this. It seemed to me that it had fallen under the radar and the press has passed Franken by. After this is over and hopefully, Franken is in his proper place in the Senate, I hope this scandal takes off and Coleman is in jail where he belongs. I don’t think I have ever seen such a sore loser as Coleman backed of course, by the GOP to keep Franken from fulfilling his duties. I recall Coleman saying when he was in the lead, that Franken should throw in the towel and save the taxpayers all that money. Be a good sport and if he were in that same position, he would concede.” Well, that was then and he has shown everyone exactly what type of person he really was.
    Again, many thanks for your time explaining this, I appreciate it.

  4. ronw says:

    Norm Coleman has now proven to all that he is the personification of what is wrong with government today.

  5. Norm Coleman owes you five bucks … and it was the next day after the lawsuit was filed that he assigned blame.

    Here is what he said on October 31st “Each and every allegation in this lawsuit relating to me and my wife is false and defamatory. In the 11th hour, as the people of Minnesota are preparing to go the polls in a very important election, a smear campaign has been attempted to try to influence that result. It’s absolutely outrageous, and I know Minnesotans will see it for what it is — sleazy politics — and reject it out of hand.
    this false and malicious lawsuit had been refiled in Texas. Now the Franken campaign and its allies are trying to use it for political advantage.”

    Franken was blamed for this lawsuit brought by a Texas Republican which alleged that Coleman’s wife’s employer had received monies for unnecessary services.
    In their final Senatorial debate a few days later, this brought an emotional attack by Coleman and an equally emotional response, Franken said “Norm Coleman can’t blame this on me. … This is Norm Coleman’s problem. This is Nasser Kazeminy’s problem. But the culture of political corruption is all of our problem. … I am saying the charges in this are very serious.”

  6. If you compare the time that it has taken in other high profile recount cases, six months for the litigation to run its course is expected. (See Washington Governor, Louisiana Senator)

    Please allow me to update you on the status.

    On January 6, 2009 the State Canvassing Board declared that Franken won by 225 votes, Coleman filed suit. The suit will be decided in the Elections Contest Court (the MN Supreme Court is where Coleman would be able to appeal.) Coleman immediately asked for a delay but the ECC demanded that the trial start immediately. It was obvious that Coleman’s team needed the time as their witnesses were not vetted and their “evidence” was missing key documents. Before the trial started Coleman’s team thought there would be 650 ballots to be reviewed … then once they started calling witnesses and finding out that the ballots were legally rejected (a girlfriend cannot sign as the voter, etc.) they started to expand the universe of ballots to be counted to over 12,000. As the trial proceeded, the ECC asked the legal teams to define types of ballots that would be counted. Each team stated their own arguments and only agreed on a few types. The ECC predominately agreed with Franken’s arguments and selected only a few types that would be accepted (that was February 13th .. a Friday.) That irritated the Coleman team as they feel the Court has ruled that ballots that were previously counted would not meet these standards. Coleman’s team has been challenging the Court on this ever since – primarily in the media calling it the Friday the 13th ruling – stating that it is a violation of the Equal Protection Clause and that the number of ballots to be considered would be over 100,000. The Court has now heard final oral arguments including Coleman’s lead attorney agreeing that many ballots submitted by Franken should be counted. The Court has been reviewing the case for two weeks … I suspect that after the Friday the 13th ruling, this Court is holding announcing any rulings until they have decided everything (they could for example rule that Franken’s ballots are acceptable but state they are still reviewing Coleman’s which would only agitate the Coleman team).
    Since Coleman can appeal to the MN-Supreme Court it is best that the ECC have a unanimous opinion (thus far they have ruled that way) and structure their ruling so that an appeal will be deny.
    As it stands right now, Franken’s lead has expanded … over 500. That will make it harder for a Coleman appeal, but if he opts for the Equal Protection argument that could take him to Federal Court.
    As it stands right now, Coleman’s future political career is being decided. He could accept the ECC ruling and not appeal which would leave him on the short list to run for MN Governor or for the Senate again. But this Nasser Kazeminy donation problem could put an end to his career … thus he may be more inclined to extend his appeals out for as long as possible.

    With an appeal, this litigation could be resolved by mid-May … without the appeal, mid-April.

  7. Rab says:

    Too bad you don’t have a dick, except for Coleman.

  8. samiinh says:

    And what do you think of Michelle Bachman?

  9. JamesR says:

    What happened to old fashioned untraceable cash in a paper bag? Or paying off your witnesses / accomplices adequately?? These people are not only corrupt but extremely cheap and lazy.

  10. JamesR says:

    I think that makes you a bottom rather than a top, as after the election the voters are in the passive role.

  11. An_American_Karol says:

    With Coleman you could have both.

  12. SouthernYankee says:

    Five dollars says Coleman camp will blame the Franken camp. Any takers? This guy should already be out of office. I can’t understand why the republicans would want him to hang on because if they manage to put in back in he will still be under investigation from the FBI. If I were Coleman I would quietly go off into the sunset. But the republicans hate Franken so much they will do anything to hold him from taken his rightful seat.

  13. Butch1 says:

    You’ve already had a “dick” for a senator and if Coleman gets his way, you will have your wish fulfilled.

  14. Butch1 says:

    What is the big hold up with the Supreme Court of that state making a decision? Are they paid off as well to keep Al Franken out of office? This has gone beyond being ridiculous and the democratic party needs to start making a lot of noise about this. Goodness knows, the man won fair and square, what does it take to get him in office. All I’ve heard is crickets. Where is the outrage? Am I the only one who seems to care about this anymore?

  15. okojo says:

    The allegations are pretty serious, but the trail that can lead Coleman to prison, is still opaque and sketchy. There is still no link that Coleman’s wife received this money, nor do I know if the Colemans’ bank records have been subpoenaed. There also has to be a link of cause and effect of the bribe, what legislation/bill did Coleman initiated for his friend, or what has Coleman done for his friend throughout the years as his role as Mayor and Senator.

    This is nice tidbit and it could lead to a trail that finds Coleman in prison for bribery and probably income tax evasion, but it is still too early to reach a conclusion that Coleman took a bribe.

  16. Steve_in_CNJ says:

    i was impressed by franken’s well-researched, never-shrill analysis when he was broadcasting on air america. minnesota dodged a bullet by narrowly voting to send that mentally feeble rat coleman into retirement. i look forward to hearing an honest liberal voice in the senate instead of coleman rationalizing serial conservative atrocities. i think franken should patent his true/false/weasel analysis of polical statements.

  17. grandma says:

    Franken: ‘We will be seated. And by we, I mean me.’

    “We will be seated,” Al Franken told a gathering of young Democrats in Minnesota today. “And by ‘we,’ I mean me.”

    “When you win by 225 votes, it’s fair to say that no effort went to waste,” Franken told the annual meeting of MyDFL (Minnesota Young DFL). He continued:

    We took Paul Wellstone’s seat back. … You may be wondering exactly what is happening with that. So am I.

    (Norm) Coleman’s lead attorney went on talk radio and said they were going to lose. I don’t know why but he did. And they’ll probabably appeal to state Supreme Court, and we are very confident that we’ll win that too and that we will be seated. And by ‘we,’ I mean me.”

  18. jerryd says:

    I’d rather have a dick for a senator than an asshole like Franken.

  19. An_American_Karol says:

    So, when are the Republicans going to allow Franken to take his seat in the Senate?
    How could one sore loser keep a legitimate Senator from being seated?
    Reid, get off your butt and do something. This has gone on long enough.

  20. HelenRainier says:

    And the worm continues to turn in the sleaziness that is Norm Coleman and the GOP et al.

  21. maudgonne says:

    The fact that this tidbit did NOT make the national news, shows just how corporate and corrupt the national media has become!! Thank god for the internet!!!!!!!

  22. uess says:

    and if anyone was wondering what the world will be like when all the newspapers die, note the source of this item. now ask yourself: would this ever have come to light had the star-tribune already gone the way of the rocky mountain news and the seattle p-i? if you don’t get your local paper, call them up and order a home-delivery subscription. please do it today.

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