Al Franken is heading to Washington while his senate race with incumbent Norm Coleman goes into recount, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. In DC, Franken will meet with Democratic leaders to discuss the recount process, and to bone up on impending legislation. Said Franken’s spokeswoman, “If he should win this election, it would be irresponsible for him not to get ready to take office.”
Though the candidate’s trip is meant to get him ready in case he wins, he isn’t attending formal Senate orientation, which his spokeswoman said would be “presumptuous.” A Coleman spokesman labeled the whole trip “highly presumptuous,” and accused Franken of going to Washington to raise money. “We've been up front about the fact that the recount is very expensive,” said the Franken spokeswoman.