Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith To Replace Franken in Senate

Gov. Mark Dayton will announce his choice to replace Sen. Al Franken at a Wednesday news conference. ANTHONY SOUFFLE

Franken hasn't said yet exactly when he's exiting the Senate. "There are so many different ways of contributing to the future of this state". Smith later served as chief of staff to Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak before taking the same job with Dayton. She would hold the Senate seat until a special election next year, the Star Tribune, at which point she would run for election.

While she applauded Franken as an effective voice for Minnesota, Smith made it clear she will not be in his shadow and that she should not be underestimated as a politician or as a candidate for election in 2018 in what likely will be a highly competitive race.

"Conversations about campaigns and elections I want to wait for another day", Smith said.

A Democratic source confirmed the news to the Associated Press.

Franken said in a statement that Smith "will make an excellent United States Senator".

"(S) exual harassment is disrespectful to people and it can't be tolerated. "We are in the middle of sort of a sea change of attitudes right now", she said.

"It's an underhanded "House of Cards" style move", Carnahan continued. She has served as Minnesota's 48th lieutenant governor since January 2015.

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has appointed Tina Smith, his lieutenant governor, to fill Al Franken's Senate seat after he steps down following allegations of sexual misconduct.

She also noted that not all Minnesotans are benefiting from the current economy, noting that in her travels across the state she's seen and heard their economic struggles. Michelle Fischbach, of Paynesville - who might not be keen on involuntarily leaving the Senate. and to join a DFL administration.

Asked about the possible effect to the line of succession, Dayton cracked a joke.

Interestingly, Smith served for several years as a vice president of Planned Parenthood's affiliate covering Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. "And even at least a couple months after". "And I think she'll prove that to Minnesotans". He did not, however, set a date for his departure from the Senate, saying only that he would leave "in the coming weeks".

"I respect [Franken's] work", Smith said. "But I will take on this role in my own way, using my own judgment and experience". That's what I can tell you.

She has had little time holding public office herself to give an indication of her political stances on most issues, although it's reasonable to assume she's fairly progressive, like Dayton and Franken.

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