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Associated Press, Published April 29 2009

Franken taps consultant to be his office chief

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Democrat Al Franken moved ahead Wednesday with another big pick for his potential U.S. Senate office by choosing a veteran consultant as his chief of staff, while Republican Norm Coleman expects an uptick in fundraising over a defection in his party.

Franken has gone with Drew Littman, who had his own consulting firm and has been a Franken adviser before. He is the second senior Franken staff member announced.

Littman has previously worked on Capitol Hill, including for California Democrat Barbara Boxer.

The tentative hires are being made amid a lingering court battle between former Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and Franken. Coleman's appeal of Franken's 312-vote lead goes before the Minnesota Supreme Court in June.

On Tuesday, Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter's party switch put Democrats in position to reach a potent 60 seats if Franken prevails.

Coleman told the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Wednesday that Specter's decision to become a Democrat "probably makes fundraising a bit little easier."

He told the newspaper it wouldn't change much else in his ongoing fight.

"Our course is set because we truly believe when you count all the votes we are going to win," Coleman said.

According to the Pioneer Press, Coleman said he got calls from Washington to encourage him to appeal his case to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.

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