Sen. Smilin' Norm Coleman (R-MN) is working hard in Washington for Minnesotans. Well, for one Minnesotan. Who is, more or less, a New Yorker who never bothered to learn the local dialect. I mean, of course, himself:
Sen. Norm Coleman, who doesn't face re-election for three more years, is already ginning up his campaign by actively raising money and sending out e-mails to supporters.
Coleman, a Minnesota Republican who won a close election over former Vice President Walter Mondale in 2002, is bracing for another tough race in 2008. As of Sept. 30, his campaign had already raised $2.2 million and had about $1 million in the bank, campaign finance records show.
...So far, Coleman's campaign has spent about $1.9 million, his reports show. Expenses include political and fund-raising consulting, telemarketing, direct mail, polling, and fundraisers.
...But he added Coleman also recognizes he needs to raise money to get re-elected.
"There are an awful lot of people out there who appreciate the work he's doing and want to be helpful," Mische said. "So we try, when the opportunities arise, to take advantage of those."
Yes, a lot of people do appreciate the work Smilin' Norm does. There's the National Association of Water Carriers, the Federated Attack Dogs for Hire, and several groups interested in receiving federal funding to plumb the depths of human hypocrisy.
It's always worth remembering the leadership which Coleman supports:
Home-heat advocates had been hopeful as late as Wednesday night that the Senate would approve two spending bills providing $4.1 billion in fuel assistance. But $2 billion in energy aid was stripped from a defense appropriations bill along with a GOP-backed provision to open Alaska‘s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.
Sens. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, and Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Thursday they won a pledge for the vote from Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.
Coleman has faced some tough choices on ANWR and deserves some credit for his votes. It's not Coleman's fault that his party keeps trying to open up ANWR for drilling by amending must-pass legislation. But Coleman supports the leadership which consistently betrays the democratic principles upon which our republic stands.
So, it comes as no surprise that Coleman is raising money now for an election in 3 years time. He's gonna need a lot of wool to pull over a lot of eyes to keep his seat.