Thankfully Stuart Smalley's attempt to sidestep the courts was quickly dismissed:
Democrat Al Franken was quickly turned down Monday when he asked Minnesota's governor and secretary of state to issue an election certificate that would let him take office in the Senate.Sadly, my gut feeling is that Franken's theft of a Minnesota Senate seat will be granted and that would be too bad for Norm Coleman, a man of integrity who didn't deserve this fate esp. after winning the initial vote. But Franken, a notorious Catholic-basher and porn lover, just had too much behind him, including most of the immoral Hollywood Left who funded his recount bid and are already patting themselves on the back for getting this unfit for office clown in the Senate.
In letters the campaign sent to Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Democratic Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, Franken's lawyers argued that a seven-day waiting period for issuing the certificate after an election has passed and he should get the signed certificate. But the state officials said their hands were tied by state law and they could not act.
Franken led Republican Norm Coleman by 225 votes after a statewide recount that was completed Jan. 5.
Coleman is suing over the result, claiming there were irregularities on Election Day and during the recount.
Minnesota law prevents officials from issuing an election certificate until legal matters are resolved. But Franken's legal team argues that federal election law entitles Franken to receive the certificate before the lawsuit is settled.