The resignation of Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) was both sad and necessary to those who had so admired him that his name was floated as a possible 2020 presidential nominee. While those who enjoyed his intelligence and dedication to social justice heard his announcement with heavy hearts, this is a moment in history in which survivors of sexual assault and sexual harassment have banded together in solidarity, and that moment needs to be honored.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune wrote on Thursday:
‘Lt. Gov. Tina Smith is likely to be Gov. Mark Dayton’s choice to replace Sen. Al Franken if he resigns as expected, which would set in motion a cascade of job openings and reshape Minnesota politics.
‘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.’
Smith has served as lieutenant governor to Gov. Mark Dayton (D-MN) since 2010. She served as his chief of staff for three years prior to being tapped as Dayton’s running mate.
POLITICO spoke with a political official in Minnesota, who said:
‘[Smith] really gets Minnesota, she gets the players, she has great built-up relationships. She makes practical sense, and she would be a good bridge builder.’
No official announcement has been made, but most news organizations are reporting that Smith is the most likely replacement for Franken in the U.S. Senate.
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