Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton announces he is picking his Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to replace Senator Al Franken who is expected to resign in the next few weeks.
Dayton has been under pressure from Democrats to pick someone who will run in 2018 instead of a “caretaker” who will not run. Smith says she will run in 2018.
The transition won’t take place until Franken resigns. Smith says she expects that will happen sometime in January.
Minnesota’s constitution says the Senate President becomes Lt. Governor if there is a vacancy. Senator Michelle Fischbach, a Republican,is the Senate President. Dayton said he was ready to serve with her as Lt. Governor and was confident in his health holding up through the end of his term. Dayton has been treated for cancer in the past.
There has been talk of holding a special session to elect a Democrat to be Senate President. That way Republicans would not be potentially giving up a seat in the closely divided Minnesota Senate. However Dayton says that would require the agreement of the House and Senate leaders of both parties.
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