Dayton v. Kennedy

Returning Senator Mark Dayton to the Ranks of the Idle Rich in 2006

1/05/2005

"A Hugely Dangerous Precedent"

Amidst a new Congress being sworn in comes word that Senator Dayton played footsie with the idea of contesting November's presidential election. Last week, you may recall, a group called Citizens Alliance for Secure Elections serenaded Dayton in the pages of the Star Tribune in hopes of securing his aid in challenging the results in Ohio.

Dayton did indeed meet with the group's founder, Minneapolis social worker Mark Halvorson, but decided not to throw in his lot with the foolishness -- evidence that someone new is in the Dayton inner circle with the good sense to whisper quasi-sound advice (Him, perhaps?) when it comes to headline hunting:

There were also hints that passions from the November presidential election could slop over into 2005, with some black Democratic House members vowing to contest the counting of Electoral College votes this week to protest alleged voting irregularities in Ohio.

Among those mentioned as a possible ally was Sen. Mark Dayton, D-Minn., who met Tuesday with Mark Halvorson, a Minnesota social worker and co-founder of the Citizens Alliance for Secure Elections, a group that has been lobbying Dayton to contest the election.

Protest organizers need just one senator to join in a formal written complaint to force a two-hour debate during Thursday's joint session of Congress. A similar effort after the 2000 election failed. Dayton said after the meeting, however, that he doesn't see a sufficient basis for contesting Bush's victory. To put Congress in the position of possibly rescinding the result of the Electoral College, Dayton said, would be "a hugely dangerous precedent."

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