Well finally and after some speculation, Senator Al Franken officially out of office. His replacement has been named by Governor Mark Dayton. Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will be taking his place at a swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday.
Former Congresswoman and presidential aspirant Michele Bachmann said in an interview last week that she has been approached and is considering a run for that seat in 2020. That is a long way off, politically speaking, and it is a Red State. What would her chances be? This article looke into that prospect and some others so read on.
As Written and Reported By Ed Morrissey for Hot Air:
Those who bet on Al Franken changing his mind had better prepare to hear from their bookies. The Star Tribune reported earlier this afternoon that Franken formally submitted his resignation to Gov. Mark Dayton as promised, two months after a series of allegations regarding sexual misconduct emerged. His replacement will join the Senate tomorrow as planned:
U.S. Sen. Al Franken is quitting the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.
A spokesman for Franken said he had formally submitted a letter of resignation to Gov. Mark Dayton. A copy of the letter was not immediately available, but the spokesman said the resignation would take effect in the afternoon.
Franken’s replacement, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, will be sworn in Wednesday when Congress reconvenes.
That ends what little drama remained in the Franken story. As noted earlier, Franken insists he will remain politically active, but that may be a lot more aspirational than prophetic. He’s enjoyed a brief renaissance since his December 11th resignation speech as a symbol of the damage done by moral panics, and there is still plenty of room for debate over ……
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