Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith is the sundry likely choice to succeed outgoing Sen. Al Franken, the Star Tribune and Politico articled.
Franken announced his plan to resign Thursday as Senate Democrats burdened him to step down in the wake of several sexual misconduct accusations. Minnesota Autonomous Gov. Mark Dayton will pick a successor to serve after Franken hand overs in the coming weeks and until a special election next year.
In a utterance Thursday, Dayton — a former senator himself — said he expects to “flourish and announce” his decision on the state’s next senator “in the next couple of times.” He is expected to choose Smith, according to the two reports.
The senator who wins next year’s referendum would have to run again in 2020, when Franken’s term was set to end.
Republicans appropriate see opportunity in Minnesota in 2018, when Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar will also be enduring to defend her seat. Hillary Clinton beat President Donald Trump by solely 1 percent in the state in last year’s presidential election.
Smith, 59, has accommodated as Minnesota’s lieutenant governor since 2015, according to the state’s website. She was a while ago Dayton’s chief of staff.
“Tina has focused on building an economy that vocations for all Minnesotans — championing issues including rural broadband internet access, stretch access to early learning and supporting statewide job creation,” her bio page comprehends.
Smith has taken a visible role as a proponent for Dayton’s agenda in the constitution, according to the Star Tribune. She declined to run for governor next year, when Dayton intention not seek re-election.
Prior to getting into politics, she worked in marketing at Public Mills.
In a statement Thursday, Smith thanked Franken for his service and prognosticated she is “thinking today about the many women around the country who father come forward in recent months to share their stories alongside sexual harassment.”
“Sexual harassment can never be tolerated in our politics, our transactions or anywhere else,” she said.