Could Mark Dayton take office even as a court fight over the Minnesota Gubernatorial election played out? In the past, Dayton’s lawyers have indicated they were studying if that could be done. The law says the new Governor must be “qualified”. Dayton today said he takes that to mean “certified”, which would mean the Secretary of State issuing an election certificate. That won’t happen until the recount is finished and any election contest lawsuit that might be filed is either dismissed or a verdict rendered.
Dayton made the comments during a news conference discussing the just released state revenue forecast. His Republican opponent Tom Emmer did not hold a news conference to comment on the revenue forecast, but he did issue a statement calling the forecast “positive”. Dayton noted that even the Republican leadership earlier in the day described the budget situation as “the worst ever”.