Is Al Franken’s political career over?
Facing allegations of sexual harassment, a potential replacement may be this woman.
Her name is Tina Smith, and she serves as Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton’s lieutenant governor.
Three sources tell Politico, Dayton will likely appoint her to replace Franken.
A Democratic operative telling Politico, “[Smith] really gets Minnesota, she gets the players, she has great built-up relationships.
She makes practical sense, and she would be a good bridge builder." But the main benefit according to Politico is that Smith is almost certain not to run for Franken’s seat should there be a 2018 special election.
That gives a level playing field for Democrats and Republicans interested in running.
Dozens of Senate Democrats are calling for Franken to resign, following reports from women alleging inappropriate behavior.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand saying, “You need to draw a line in the sand, say none of it is okay, none of it is acceptable...” Franken has apologized to local radio news anchor Leeann Tweeden who alleged back in 2006 he grabbed her breasts in a photo and forced a kiss on her while they were on a USO Tour overseas.