Politics Who would replace Al Franken?

00:41  07 december  2017
00:41  07 december  2017 Source:   CNN

'Ashamed' Franken says he won't quit Senate over groping accusations

  'Ashamed' Franken says he won't quit Senate over groping accusations U.S. Senator Al Franken, trying to salvage his political career, said on Sunday he does not plan to resign but called himself "embarrassed and ashamed" by his behavior toward women who have accused him of groping or inappropriately touching them. Franken, a Democrat and former comedian who has represented Minnesota in the Senate since 2009, said in a round of media interviews -- his first since the allegations surfaced on Nov. 16 -- that he looked forward to returning to his job on Monday."I'm embarrassed and ashamed.

Georgetown University sociology professor and author Michael Eric Dyson will replace Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) on Franken told HuffPost in an emailed statement. “He was glad to see Bill, who the Senator considers to be a good friend, apologize and express sincere regret for his comment.”

Oh no, not Al Franken , too. Before Thursday, I’d hoped Franken would run for president in 2020. The feminist Jacobin in me thinks: Who cares? Replace them all with women! But I doubt this frenzied moment ends with the collapse of patriarchy.

Live signal up now ATL RX 757 DC RX 445 Source: CNN Locator: Washington DC Sen. Al Franken, Democrat of Minnesota, will hold a press availability outside his Senate office at 1p Monday. © CNN Live signal up now ATL RX 757 DC RX 445 Source: CNN Locator: Washington DC Sen. Al Franken, Democrat of Minnesota, will hold a press availability outside his Senate office at 1p Monday.

Should Sen. Al Franken decide to step down, his resignation would set up a gubernatorial appointment and open up a new Senate battleground in 2018.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton does not plan to get ahead of Franken's scheduled announcement Thursday, a senior Minnesota Democrat close to Dayton told CNN, but the governor's "expectation and hope is for Franken to resign."

Should Franken step down, top names to replace him are Democratic Reps. Keith Ellison and Tim Walz, this official said. Another leading contender will be Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, a former chief of staff to Dayton.

Franken on groping allegations: 'This will not happen again'

  Franken on groping allegations: 'This will not happen again' Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) told reporters Monday that he will work to regain people's trust in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct, and vowed "this will not happen again going forward."

Ellison, a Muslim who also serves as Deputy Chair for the DNC, has a reputation as one of the most liberal lawmakers in Congress. “It took extraordinary bravery for Leeann Tweeden to come forward,” said Ellison. “ Al Franken has been a good friend of mine for years

If Al Franken were forced to resign today, he would be replaced by another progressive Democrat. It won’t be long before time marches on and the names of Roy Moore and Al Franken are lost to memory. Few people will remember who they were or why anyone worried about their political careers.

"Don't overlook Lt. Governor Smith," the official said. "She could be the perfect choice."

The field of Democrats looking to succeed Dayton as governor might also be ripe for picking to fill Franken's seat. Attorney General Lori Swanson would be a particularly attractive candidate, said one senior Democratic strategist.

Come the 2018 midterm elections, the Senate seat would be up for grabs -- and would likely become a target for the Republican Party.

Republicans weighing a bid for governor could decide to look to the Senate instead, including Minnesota State House Speaker Kurt Daudt.

Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, also a former candidate for president, would also likely have the resources and connections to mount a serious campaign. Another GOP former presidential candidate, former Rep. Michele Bachmann, could also leverage her national profile to run for Senate.

Among the Minnesota congressional delegation, Rep. Tom Emmer, who ran for governor in 2010, would be a potential GOP candidate to watch, said one GOP campaign strategist. Rep. Erik Paulsen is also viewed by Republicans as someone who is ambitious and well-regarded, and might be a natural Senate candidate, another Republican strategist added.

But GOP members of Congress, like Emmer and Paulsen, might be hesitant to run for Senate in 2018, an election year that strategists widely predict will be a challenging one for Republicans.

"I can't see any one of them making the jump in a cycle like this," said the second Republican strategist.

Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith to replace Franken: report .
Minnesota's governor will appoint Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith as U.S. senator to replace Al Franken, who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on Wednesday, citing sources. Governor Mark Dayton will announce the appointment on Wednesday morning, and Smith, 59, will run in a special election for the seat next year, the newspaper said.Calls to Dayton's, Smith's and Franken's offices were not immediately returned.Smith became lieutenant governor in January 2015.

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