Dayton on MNGOP motion: “It seems strange to me”

Democrat Mark Dayton is questioning why Republican Tom Emmer and the Minnesota Republican Party are asking the Minnesota Supreme Court to step in before a hand recount in the race for governor. Dayton currently leads Emmer by nearly 8,800 votes but Emmer filed an appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court asking the court to delay the recount until a review is done to ensure that no more votes were cast than voters signed in on Election Day. On Fargo’s KFGO-AM this morning, Dayton says the Republicans are trying to change the rules of the game after it’s been played.

“I’m not a lawyer and I’m trying to figure out what they?re doing but I?m an old hockey player and it’s sort of like you can lose the game 6 to 4 and then you ask the judge to throw all ten goals into the lottery and you pull out six of them and hope that those are yours rather than the other teams. It seems strange to me but I just live here.”

The Republican Party has asked for the Minnesota Supreme Court to act on their request quickly. The State Canvassing Board is scheduled to meet on Tuesday to certify the election and order a recount.

Dayton also discussed his transition team and how he’ll work with the GOP controlled Legislature.

Here’s Dayton’s appearance on KFGO-AM with host Joel Heitkamp:

I’m told Dayton will appear on MPR’s Morning Edition tomorrow to discuss his transition plans. Republican Tom Emmer is scheduled to appear on TPT’s Almanac on Friday night.