The Daily Digest

Republican Tom Emmer and Democrat Mark Dayton staked out their positions on the upcoming recount.

During a twenty minute news conference, Emmer said he wants to let the process take its course but declined to say what role he would personally have in that process. He wouldn’t say whether he’ll file a legal challenge in court or if he was fully in charge of the recount. MNGOP officials are heading up many parts of the effort.

You can watch some video of Emmer’s newser here.

Democrat Mark Dayton met privately with Gov. Pawlenty. He discussed the recount, his possible transition and the possibility of a lengthy court battle. You can watch video of Dayton’s newser.

Meanwhile, Emmer and the MNGOP announced that they hired former MN Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson as their chief litigator.

AP reports that Dayton filed a recount committee. He told reporters all of the funds will be disclosed. Emmer told reporters that he’ll follow the law which means he doesn’t have to disclose anything.

The Star Tribune writes about how Emmer and Dayton are organizing to win the recount.

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  • Ralph Crammedin

    “I don’t think there’s any downside to keeping this recount going on as long as possible,” said a high-level Republican operative who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “If we keep the process going, there are opportunities for us in the upcoming legislative session.” – from the Strib link

    No surprises here. Emmer and the Republicans see this recount as another opportunity to steal whatever ain’t nailed down.