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  • Judi Lynn (9376 posts)
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    Female lieutenant governor expected to replace Franken if he resigns

    Female lieutenant governor expected to replace Franken if he resigns


    12/06/2017 06:49 PM EST

    Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to appoint his lieutenant governor and close ally, Tina Smith, to Al Franken’s seat if the Democratic senator resigns on Thursday, three people familiar with the Democratic governor’s thinking said.

    But that appointment would be just the start of a huge upheaval in Minnesota. Part of the reason Smith could be heading to the Senate, the sources said, is because she has indicated no interest in running for Congress in the past and would not run for the remainder of Franken’s term, which expires in 2020, in a 2018 special election. That would clear the way for a wide-open Democratic primary next year if Franken steps down.

    Franken’s sudden fall under a deluge of sexual harassment allegations has prompted Democrats to suddenly consider a fast-approaching special election for a once-safe seat — and given Republicans an unexpected opportunity in a state President Donald Trump lost by just 1 point in 2016. But installing Smith or another placeholder in the seat would separate the appointment from potentially fractious Democratic primary politics, giving other Democrats the opportunity to fight on a level playing field in a special primary. Additionally, appointing a woman to fill Franken’s role would serve as a symbolic rebuke to Franken in the wake of the allegations against him, Minnesota Democrats pointed out.


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  • glinda (2587 posts)
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    1. She is well liked but will not run.

    Many had hoped she would have run for Gov. Dayton’s job. Good move to not pull Ellison.

    The bad? She has been instrumental in helping Mark push for basically a sort of single payer plan. Now if she is pulled I do not know what that means. Hoping an R is not bullied into that spot.Not sure how that works if he can appoint.

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