On Tuesday, November 29, 2011, Congressional Leadership Fund Chairman Norm Coleman and President Brian Walsh joined the Monitor Breakfast for a conversation with reporters on the Leadership Fund Super PAC."
Norman Bertram Coleman, Jr. is an American attorney and politician. He was a United States senator from Minnesota from 2003 to 2009. Coleman was elected in 2002 and served in the 108th, 109th, and 110th Congresses. Before becoming a senator, he was mayor of Saint Paul, Minnesota, from 1994 to 2002. Previously a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL), Coleman became a Republican in 1996.
Coleman's 2008 US Senate re-election bid, in which he was challenged by Democrat Al Franken and former senator Dean Barkley, was long unresolved. His term ended on January 3, 2009, and after a six-month legal battle in which he lost each of his contests, the Minnesota Supreme Court unanimously declared Franken the election winner by 312 votes (out of over 3 million cast) on June 30, 2009, prompting Coleman to concede.
As of 2011, Coleman works as an adviser and board director with the Republican Jewish Coalition.
Brian Walsh is President of the Congressional Leadership Fund, a Republican Super PAC.
Former Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN), now the chairman of GOP Super PAC Congressional Leadership Fund, said that while he can't foresee the future of campaign finance both sides need to dive in to the Super PAC arms race in order to compete in the 2012 campaign.
The tone of the GOP's debate on immigration is harming the party with Latinos, said Republican Super PAC Congressional Leadership Fund Chairman Norm Coleman at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor.
Congressional Leadership Fund President Brian Walsh said competitive House races in 2012 will predominate in "blue and purple states, not in red states" and Democrats have a tougher road to reclaiming the House than Republicans did in 2010.
Former Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman said GOP presidential candidate and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has reaped the rewards of national political exposure, but remains unsure about her next moves if her presidential campaign is unsuccessful.
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