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Thu Dec 7, 2017, 08:00 PM

question, since al fell on his sword, who would replace him?

I confess I am not as up on Minnesota politics, other than knowing the gov is a democrat. Minnesotans, can you help us out?

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Reply question, since al fell on his sword, who would replace him? (Original post)
DonCoquixote Dec 2017 OP
old guy Dec 2017 #1
EarthFirst Dec 2017 #2
phylny Dec 2017 #3
The Velveteen Ocelot Dec 2017 #5
The Velveteen Ocelot Dec 2017 #4
EarthFirst Dec 2017 #6
phylny Dec 2017 #8
msongs Dec 2017 #7
The Velveteen Ocelot Dec 2017 #9

Response to DonCoquixote (Original post)

Thu Dec 7, 2017, 08:06 PM

1. Where is Mineral Man?

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Response to DonCoquixote (Original post)

Thu Dec 7, 2017, 08:08 PM

2. His replacement would be selected by Governor Dayton;

Some presume it will be Lt. Governor Tina Smith...

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Response to EarthFirst (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 7, 2017, 08:11 PM

3. I just heard somewhere that she doesn't want the job long term.

Why appoint someone who won't run in 2018?

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Response to phylny (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 7, 2017, 08:12 PM

5. See below. Because the voters have the right to choose their candidate

in a primary election.

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Response to DonCoquixote (Original post)

Thu Dec 7, 2017, 08:11 PM

4. The governor is appointing the lieutenant governor to keep the seat warm

until the special election that will occur in 2018 (Franken wouldn't have had to run until 2020). That person does not intend to run again; she's just filling the position. In the meantime someone, more likely several someones, are likely to run in a primary for the 2018 election; under the circumstances that person is likely to be a woman. I'm guessing it might be Betty McCollum, the congresswoman who represents the district that includes St. Paul, or Lori Swanson, the state Attorney General, who has been a very strong and successful advocate for consumers. Keith Ellison, who represents CD5 (Minneapolis), has also been mentioned, but I don't know how well he'd do with the more conservative voters Up North.

Whoever runs in the special election in 2018 will have the advantage of Amy Klobuchar's coattails, as she will be running for her own seat at the same time. I consider Klobuchar to be a bit too wishy-washy, but she is quite popular throughout the state and is very likely to win re-election - so her presence in the same election is likely to be quite helpful. The GOP opponent might be that snake and Karl Rove buddy Norm Coleman, and he fights dirty, so it will be really important to put up a solid candidate.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 7, 2017, 08:13 PM

6. Thanks! nt

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 7, 2017, 08:15 PM

8. Thanks for the reply - we seem to both have posted at the same time.

Makes total sense

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Response to DonCoquixote (Original post)

Thu Dec 7, 2017, 08:13 PM

7. waste of time hiring a seat warmer. get a good long term candidate who develops

experience and seniority.

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Response to msongs (Reply #7)

Thu Dec 7, 2017, 08:46 PM

9. The voters should have a chance to vote

in a primary. Itís bad enough that our 2020 vote for Franken was taken away from us.

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