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Minneapolis attorney mixes it up with Coleman at news conference held to refute allegations of improper campaign donation

Minn. Sen. Norm Coleman has a verbal exchange at the end of his Friday morning press conference rebutting a lawsuit dealing with campaign funding. The press conference took place at the Courtyard by Marriot in Moorhead. (David Samson /The Forum)1 / 2
Minneapolis attorney Lori Peterson questions Sen. Norm Coleman Friday at the Courtyard by Marroit in Moorhead. (David Samson/The Forum)2 / 2

MOORHEAD - U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman held a news conference in Moorhead this morning to refute a lawsuit that alleges multimillionaire Nasser Kazeminy funneled $75,000 to Coleman's campaign via an insurance company that employ's Coleman's wife.

After calling the claims untrue and defamatory toward his family and his reputation, Coleman ended up having a verbal exchange with a Twin Cities attorney who is well known for handling high-profile sexual harassment cases.

Lori Peterson stood in the doorway of a conference room at the Courtyard by Marriot Conference Center and lobbed questions at Coleman, asking him whether Kazeminy had ever purchased clothing for him.

"Nasser Kazeminy has not bought me suits," responded Coleman, who then pointed at Peterson.

"This is Mr. Franken's campaign - false unsubstantiated allegations which the DFL and others have used," said Coleman, referring to his Democratic rival, Al Franken.

Peterson, a Hawley, Minn., native and Minnesota State University Moorhead graduate, said after the news conference that she is not a part of the Franken campaign but she plans to vote for him.