Comedian Al Franken's opponent for a for a U.S. Senate seat in Minnesota has lashed out at the star for meeting with Congress leaders pending a vote recount.
The former Saturday Night Live star beat six opponents to take the Democratic nomination with 66 per cent of the public vote in the state's primary election in September (08).
He has been accused by Republican Senator Norm Coleman - who leads by 206 votes - of acting pre-emptively by meeting with Senate Democratic leaders on Tuesday (18Nov08) - two weeks after the general election.
Coleman's spokesman tells the New York Post, "It is highly presumptuous for Mr. Franken to undertake such a visit when his real purpose appears to be fundraising and gaining partisan advantage from non-Minnesotans."
The manual recount to certify the final outcome starts on Wednesday (19Nov08).