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Wed Dec 6, 2017, 09:41 PM

Female lieutenant governor expected to replace Franken if he resigns

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Source: Politico

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to appoint his lieutenant governor and close ally, Tina Smith, to Al Frankenís seat if the Democratic senator resigns on Thursday, three people familiar with the Democratic governorís thinking said.

But that appointment would be just the start of an upheaval in Minnesota. Part of the reason Smith could be heading to the Senate, the sources said, is that she has indicated no interest in running for Congress in the past and would not run for the remainder of Frankenís term, which expires in 2020, in a 2018 special election. That would clear the way for a wide open Democratic primary next year if Franken steps down.

Frankenís sudden fall under a deluge of sexual harassment allegations has prompted Democrats to suddenly consider a fast-approaching special election for a once-safe seat ó and given Republicans an unexpected opportunity in a state President Donald Trump lost by just 1 point in 2016. But installing Smith or another placeholder in the seat would separate the appointment from potentially fractious Democratic primary politics, giving other Democrats the opportunity to fight on a level playing field in a special primary. Additionally, appointing a woman to fill Frankenís role would serve as a symbolic rebuke to Franken in the wake of the allegations against him, Minnesota Democrats pointed out.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/06/al-franken-senate-smith-211125

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Response to dlwickham (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 09:45 PM

1. Shades of Wendal Anderson.

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Response to dlwickham (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 09:50 PM

2. And a reminder of why Dems need to compete in lower elections and grow a bench of candidates

always be ready for something like this. GOP is going to do this again to other leaders who make things difficult for them.

They want those tax cuts



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Response to dlwickham (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 10:07 PM

3. Duplicate of LBN thread on Home page. About 4 below.


DU placed the Stop sign in the thread creation process to get you to read the instructions which advise looking around to see if the news item has already been posted.

https://www.democraticunderground.com/10141932939

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Response to dlwickham (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 10:23 PM

4. Why doesn't he just appoint Michelle Bachman, I have no doubt she would be quite happy to serve out

Al's term.

Are we f**king insane or do we just to make sure that the SC is filled with Gorsuch appointments

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Response to dlwickham (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 11:06 PM

5. I hope he doesnt resign.

We need him in the Senate

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Response to dlwickham (Original post)

Thu Dec 7, 2017, 07:35 AM

6. Locking - duplicate thread

of https://www.democraticunderground.com/10141932939 . Please continue discussion there. Thanks.

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