Democarts get two new Senator’s for 2018….
One in Minnesota and another in of all places Alabama…
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed his lieutenant governor, Tina Smith, to replace resigning Sen. Al Franken in the Senate at a press conference Wednesday morning.
Smith was Dayton’s chief of staff during his first term in office and served as his running mate in 2014. She worked in marketing for General Mills as a vice president for a regional branch of Planned Parenthood before serving as chief of staff to then-Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, after which she went to work for Dayton.
“She genuinely likes people, and people like her,” Dayton said in making the appointment. “She has impeccable integrity and the highest personal and professional standards.”
Dayton’s appointment of Smith will hand Franken’s seat to a female Democrat after Franken, who was in the middle of his second term, decided to resign under pressure after multiple women accused him of groping and sexual harassment. More than half of Senate Democrats called for Franken’s resignation last week after another accuser stepped forward….