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Thu 9 Oct 2008 08.41 EDT

Three days ago Ken Silverstein revealed on his blog at the Harper's Web site that Minnesota GOP Senator Norm Coleman, now facing a tough challenge from Al Franken, that two sources told him that Coleman had been accepting the gifts of men's suits from a wealthy contributor.

Ken's sources couldn't say whether the purchases were made before or after a 2003 ban on gifts with a value of more than $250. As you can see on these pages from the N-M Web site (note to UKers: it's a very posh store, known especially for its baroque Christmas catalogue featuring gifts upwards of $20,000), the cheapest suit the place sells costs $995.

Even if Coleman accepted the suits before (he joined the Senate in 2003), he was likely the mayor of St. Paul at the time, a position he held from 1994 to 2002. So we likely still have the issue of a public official accepting very expensive, unreported gifts, if Silverstein's sources are accurate.

Judging by this cringe-inducing response from Coleman's press aide, they seem to be accurate. Watch this; you've never seen a lamer press conference in your life, I promise you.

Al Franken is a friend of mine, full disclosure. I'd want any Democrat to beat Coleman, but naturally I want Franken to win a little extra, just so you know. Having stipulated that I think it's very fair to say that it looks like Coleman is in big, big trouble.

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