Democrat Officials: Dayton Feeling Pressure on Senate Appointment

December 08, 2017 08:26 PM

Two Democrats tell The Associated Press that Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is coming under pressure from party leaders to appoint more than a placeholder to fill Sen. Al Franken's seat until a special election next year.

Dayton initially is reported to have planned to name his lieutenant governor, Tina Smith, to the post following Franken's Thursday announcement that he will resign. Smith would have served just until a 2018 special election.

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But a Democratic official familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press that Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has pressured Dayton to name a replacement who will also run for re-election next year to serve the remainder of Franken's term, which runs through 2020.

The official and a separate Democratic operative said Friday that Smith is now considering a possible run herself. Neither Democrat was authorized to discuss the conditions before Dayton's announcement.


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