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Posted at 2:48 PM ET, 11/24/2010

Norm Coleman tells Joe Miller to 'move on'

By Emi Kolawole

Republican Norm Coleman has a message for fellow Republican and Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller: It's "time to move on."

Coleman, who lost his own protracted Senate bid in Minnesota to Democrat Al Franken, appeared on C-SPAN Newsmakers, which will air this Sunday, saying that, as far as he could see, "that race is over."

"I think the counting's been done I'm not sure there's anything that would change that," said Coleman. "I understand Joe's frustration," he continued. "I had some of those concerns in Minnesota on a much, much, much closer race."

"I think at a certain point in time you have to have some finality to these things," said Coleman. "There's not much that you can gain by extending the process."

(h/t TPM)

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mr. coleman would sound a lot less of a hypocrit if he had taken his own advice. he gave mr. franken the same advice when he was ahead in the voting but when mr. franken took the vote lead mr. coleman felt no desire to move on. hypocrits should be shunned not listened to. mr. miller whom i don't support politically in any way is doing nothing illegal or underhanded and deserves his day in court.

Posted by: blinwilly | November 28, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

mr. coleman would sound a lot less of a hypocrit if he had taken his own advice. he gave mr. franken the same advice when he was ahead in the voting but when mr. franken took the vote lead mr. coleman felt no desire to move on. hypocrits should be shunned not listened to. mr. miller whom i don't support politically in any way is doing nothing illegal or underhanded and deserves his day in court.

Posted by: blinwilly | November 28, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

mr. coleman would sound a lot less of a hypocrit if he had taken his own advice. he gave mr. franken the same advice when he was ahead in the voting but when mr. franken took the vote lead mr. coleman felt no desire to move on. hypocrits should be shunned not listened to.

Posted by: blinwilly | November 28, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

it seems hypocritical for mr. cloeman to ask anyone to move on after the way he fought to the very last option before giving up.

Posted by: blinwilly | November 28, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

it seems hypocritical for mr. coleman to ask anyone to move on after the way he fought to the very last option before giving up. he kept changing his mind, when he had the most votes he felt that franken should concede, but when franken took the lead in votes he felt no urge to take his own advice.

Posted by: blinwilly | November 28, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Norm who?

Posted by: jborst | November 27, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I find it amusing how the democrats on this comment board talk about the flaws of the primaries, making comments such as "She was rewarded for proving that most voters did not want Miller to represent them." However, these democrats were not singing this tune when Lieberman beat Lamont for the senate.

Posted by: tmonahan54 | November 25, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

@ Gonzage1 - The voters of Alaska wanted Senator Murkowski to run a write-in campaign. They realized that since so many of them didn't make it out to vote in the primary- only 33% did from all parties combined- that someone they did not want in office got the nomination. The voters proved they didn't want Miller by getting out and voting a write-in candidate. She won and Miller needs to get over it. He is probably not going to concede until he gets enough to pay his campaign debts. He seems to have a whole bunch of debt! But in the end it is indeed the will of the people- which is what it is supposed to be! Not the will of the minority teabaggers.

Posted by: alaskan2 | November 25, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

SP hasn't told her robot Miller, to give it up, yet. SP has got to keep herself and "Alaska" in the news as much as possible in preparation for her candidacy announcement.

Miller, by himself, seems like a sore loser, who will never admit he lost. He'll go to his grave still thinking of some way to be the 'winner'.

Posted by: momof20yo | November 25, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Murkowski's victory in Alaska shows how flawed primaries can be. She was rewarded for proving that most voters did not want Miller to represent them. Fringe elements such as the Tea Party can't steal elections. Way to go Ms. Murkowski.

Posted by: gfoster56 | November 25, 2010 7:22 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Murkowski's victory in Alaska shows how flawed primaries can be. She was rewarded for proving that most voters did not want Miller to represent them. Fringe elements such as the Tea Party can't steal elections. Way to go Ms. Murkowski.

Posted by: gfoster56 | November 25, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

This is rich! Coleman, one of the sorest and sorriest losers in politics telling Miller to "man up" and admit defeat. Coleman ran up millions in costs to Minnesota taxpayers for failing to timely concede his loss to Al Franken and denied Minnesota equal representation in the Senate while he continued sulking. Talk about the kettle calling the pot black!

Posted by: Tennessee2 | November 24, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

There are 8,100 disputed ballots. Murkowski has a 10,000+ vote lead. Miller can't do arithmetic. Even throwing out those contested votes,he loses. And he came out of West Point? No wonder Army can't beat Navy.

Posted by: mikel7 | November 24, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Better yet, Miller needs to shave.....perhaps he could get a job with a Gillette Pro Glide commercial or maybe an outfit that makes handcuffs?

Posted by: Rlupodimare | November 24, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

I am surprised that people anyone believes (@blasmaic et al) when someone loses the primary that they are automatically disqualified for the general election. Talk about giving all power to the party!

Both of the protagonists here are quite conservative Republicans. Anyone who thinks that any Democrat would go out of their way to help Murkowski has their brain stuffed full of recycled cow feed.

Posted by: reussere | November 24, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Norm Coleman taking this position has to be the height of hypocrisy.

Posted by: redclaws | November 24, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Miller said some things that hurt him, but Murkowski refused to respect the outcome of the primary. If you don't intend to abide by the results of a primary then you shouldn't run for a party's nomination.

Posted by: blasmaic | November 24, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Look who is saying this, this moron who wasted so much time and money fighting a losing battle in Minnesota 2 years ago.I guess he realizes that stupidity is not a virtue.

Posted by: clarendon67 | November 24, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

"Norm Coleman to Joe Miller: 'move on'"

... dot org.

Posted by: i_go_pogo | November 24, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Joe deserves whatever he wants because those that voted for him deserve to have his BS rubbed in their faces as long as they can. That's the American way!

Posted by: inewsmaster | November 24, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Bitter Tea Bagger.

Posted by: HillRat | November 24, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

This is not about winning this Senate seat anymore. Its about money pouring in to his campaign from out of state.

Miller won't concede because election laws allow him to continue raising campaign funds as long as the election is undetermined. Once he concedes the spigot is turned off. (Former Senator Coleman knows this well. He was "paid" to continue contesting his own election. )

The money Miller raises can be held on to and used for any future campaign he has planned. No Alaskan candidate can raise much campaign money within the state: the money just isn't there. So the money from OUT of state will help Miller very much in any future campaign - he'll have a huge advantage.

Posted by: MissInformed | November 24, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Gonzage1: Got bitter? Typical teabagger...

Posted by: nyskinsdiehard | November 24, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

He should say the same to Tom Emmer, Minnesota does not need another recount

Posted by: maryann10 | November 24, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

So long Miller and take the "LIPSTICK" with you. Oh! I forgot she quit. LOL

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | November 24, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Who wants to bet that Joe Miller thought Al Gore shoud have conceded on election night in 2000?

Posted by: pepperjade | November 24, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Murkowsky deserves all the aggravation she may get. Keeping her from basking in her "sore loser" write-in victory is an end in itself. And Alaska's voters deserve no plaudits for their role in the unsavory general election..... The same of course is true of any voting public that could elevate an Al Franken to the Senate (or, BHO to the presidency for that matter).

Posted by: Gonzage1 | November 24, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Murkowsky deserves all the aggravation she may get. Keeping her from basking in her "sore loser" write-in victory is an end in itself. And Alaska's voters deserve no plaudits for their role in the unsavory general election..... The same of course is true of any voting public that could elevate an Al Franken to the Senate (or, BHO to the presidency for that matter).

Posted by: Gonzage1 | November 24, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

So is Coleman a friend of Mare-cow-ski?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Posted by: JimHale1 | November 24, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I think Coleman's advice to Miller is good - but only because in this recount, it's not Democrats counting the votes and "finding" hundreds or thousands of votes to reverse the outcome in the first, second or third recount as seems to be almost 100% guaranteed in any close race any more.

See Washington State Senate 2000, Washington Governor 2004, Montana Senate 2006, Virginia Senate and Minnesota Senate 2008, etc., etc., etc., etc. In most of those, the GOP candidate won the first count and in a couple of cases, even the second - until the DemoRats sent their armies of attorneys in and their party-controlled vote-counting entities took over.

Posted by: awolfson | November 24, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Where was this refrain when Miller won the Republican nomination? Where was the backing? More elitism from Washington!

Posted by: aserwin | November 24, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Joe the Miller does not have a job though... and few prospects. I think he is pulling a O'Donnell and letting contributions pay his mortgage. Look where he was a year ago...

Posted by: WmLaney | November 24, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

It would be nice if Coleman would offer the same advice to the losing Republican gubernatorial candidate in his own state of Minnesota who has lost by nearly 9,000 votes but is attempting to stretch out the recount process (possibly in an effort to allow the outgoing Republican incumbent to stay in office a few extra weeks and take advantage of a new Republican majority in the state legislature).

Posted by: terje1 | November 24, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

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