Gov. Mark Dayton likely to tap Lt. Gov. Tina Smith as Franken replacement

by J. Patrick Coolican
December 8, 2017

Minutes after U.S. Sen. Al Franken announced his resignation, Gov. Mark Dayton said he was not yet ready to announce his pick to fill Franken’s seat.

But the DFL governor said he planned to make his decision within days — and many at the state Capitol expect he’ll appoint Lt. Gov. Tina Smith. A high-ranking Democratic source told the Star Tribune on Wednesday that Smith, a close ally to Dayton and longtime DFL insider, is his likeliest choice to replace Franken. Under that scenario, Smith would serve as a temporary replacement who would not run for the seat in a November 2018 special election.

“Events have unfolded quickly; thus, I have not yet decided on my appointment to fill this upcoming vacancy,” Dayton said in a statement. “I expect to make and announce my decision in the next couple of days.”

The governor said he would not comment further on the selection until he formally announces his pick. If he does select Smith, her move to Washington, D.C., would prompt a cascade of shifts in state politics — and help set up Minnesota’s elections next year as among the most costly and closely watched in the nation.

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • Humble Servant says:

    Dayton is playing it safe choosing a women. You don’t usually have to worry about a women grabbing and kissing other women for political gains like our comedian friend did. Some things are just not funny anymore. I think they are just realizing it never was and now they will pay for their bad behavior. We will all pay sooner or later.

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