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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Minnesota's Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith was appointed as U.S. senator on Wednesday to replace Al Franken, who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment, the state's governor said at a news conference. Governor Mark Dayton said that Smith will serve a one-year term in the Senate, concluding in January 2019. Smith, 59, will run in a special election for the seat next year. Smith became lieutenant governor in January 2015. The Star Tribune said she previously worked as Dayton's chief of staff and held position at General Mills and Planned Parenthood.

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Minnesota will soon have two women senators, as Smith will join fellow Democrat Amy Klobuchar, 57, who became the state's first woman senator after winning election a year ago.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-12-13 11:25 AM | Reply

More background info on Smith in this article:

Smith announced last spring that she wouldn't run for governor. But she will run in the November special election to complete Franken's term through 2020. Dayton had come under intense pressure from top Democrats in Washington to appoint someone who wouldn't merely serve as a seat-warmer.

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#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-12-13 11:33 AM | Reply

Franken should rescind his offer to resign and remain in the Senate. Any politician who gets his job will have tepid support from many Democrats, including me.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-13 11:53 AM | Reply

Not a surprise but it remains to be seen if she can fund raise well enough to run in 2018. Kind of a Luther Strange type appointment, long time ally of the Governor but not a ton of charisma.

The DFL is an eclectic group (most people don't realize that it is not an official part of the Democratic Party but "affiliated" and like independents caucuses with the Dems) so it will be interesting to see who challenges her in the primary.

#4 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-12-13 01:03 PM | Reply

I'm happy to see another step towards a more representative Senate. It's unfortunate that it had to happen in the way that it did.

#5 | Posted by Avigdore at 2017-12-14 10:18 AM | Reply

"I'm happy to see another step towards a more representative Senate."

Representative of what? You really just want to celebrate Franken's downfall, just be honest and as creepy as you really want to be.

#6 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-14 10:27 AM | Reply

Ah, Danni lying again.
Here, let me quote myself for you and pretend that you'll actually read it and inform yourself.

The same as I feel about Franken, I believe that his accusers should have the ability to make their claims and provide evidence under oath. I also believe that neither should have relinquished their position until such times as the veracity of those claims had been verified. ... I think it would be perfectly fine for Sen. Franken to run again for his own seat in the next election to give the voters an opportunity to make their decision about his ability to represent them in Congress. - #3 | Posted by Avigdore at 2017-12-08 01:34 PM

Not confirming to your bias? Did the voices in your head tell you otherwise? Let's keep looking:

I believe that Franken should do what he thinks is best for himself and his constituents. I would prefer that he wait for the results of his ethics probe (hehe). - #88 | Posted by Avigdore at 2017-12-07 12:57 PM

Do you ever get tired of being wrong, Danni?

#7 | Posted by Avigdore at 2017-12-14 11:57 AM | Reply

Let's go back to what you said:

""I'm happy to see another step towards a more representative Senate."

So, what step are you talking about being a step towards a more representative Senate? Is a Senate without Franken more or less representative?

#8 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-14 12:05 PM | Reply

So, what step are you talking about being a step towards a more representative Senate? Is a Senate without Franken more or less representative? - #8 | Posted by Danni at 2017-12-14 12:05 PM
He's being replaced by a woman. Only 21% of the Senate was composed of women prior to this replacement. Women make up >50% of the country. The Senate being composed of 22% women is 'another step towards a more representative Senate'. Get it?

#9 | Posted by Avigdore at 2017-12-14 12:43 PM | Reply

To be completely honest, I assume that Tina Smith identifies as a woman. I didn't research enough on that matter.

#10 | Posted by Avigdore at 2017-12-14 12:45 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

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