Coleman’s gambit

Norm Coleman is taking issue with a claim that he is the 4th most corrupt member of the Senate. He held a news conference today to announce that he’s filing a complaint with the state Office of Administrative Hearings, thus informing everyone who hadn’t heard the claim that such a claim existed.

It’s an intriguing piece of political strategy, calling attention to a negative accusatation about yourself.

The accusation is repeated on challenger Al Franken’s blog:


Does Norm Coleman deserve to be re-elected? The numbers tell the story:

* 52 free trips paid for by special interests.

* Over $600,000 from big oil and drug companies.

* Living almost rent-free in the $1,000,000 home of a Washington insider.

* Ranked the 4th most corrupt senator in Washington.

* Colman voted nearly 90% of the time with George Bush.

* Together running up a 10 trillion dollar national debt

* It’s time for Norm to go.

What is the source of this allegation? It appears to come from the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. And it doesn’t actually rank Coleman 4th in the Senate. It names 20 congressional people and gives Coleman a “dishonorable mention.” In the top 20, three are senators. Coleman is named as “one to watch.”

Here’s CREW’s home page.

  • http://s4xton.com/ Aaron

    Did you see who’s the 4th ranked SENATOR though?

  • Bob Collins

    Aaron, technically he’s not ranked 4th. He’s in an additional group of people labeled “dishonorable mention.” In fact, in the whole list it doesn’t appear there’s a 1-20, but that 20 people are in one group. However, I suppose since he’s the only senator in that list, it’s a fair statement.

    Still, this is the kind of nonsense that has marked both sides of the campaign. One group, with whatever standards it wants to apply, calls a guy “corrupt.” Never mind that no ethics charges have been filed or no actual evidence that there were bribes for trips.

    I’m not saying that might not be the case, but I’m not saying it is either.

    I’m saying the campaigns and their supporters quite often make me sick. Both candidates pretend to be in touch with the people. Neither is.

  • bsimon

    “I’m saying the campaigns and their supporters quite often make me sick. Both candidates pretend to be in touch with the people. Neither is.”

    Barkley ’08!

  • JoetheWatergatePlumber

    Interesting tactic? No, he has filed these suits before other

    elections, look at history. Also he has to muddy the water because of the Nasser $75,000 payoffs to Mrs. Coleman

    from the Texas Deep Marine. That is why it is happening now.