Skip to comments.Al Franken resigns: Here's what happens to his Senate seat
Posted on 01/02/2018 12:49:06 PM PST by COUNTrecount
Sen. Al Franken officially resigned on Jan. 2, nearly a month after he announced his plans to step down from Congress amid numerous sexual misconduct allegations that began in November of last year.
Aides to the senator told Fox News that Franken has provided his letter of resignation to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton. Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, who is replacing Franken, is expected to be sworn in on Wednesday.
Franken, a Minnesota Democrat who has been in office since 2009, was plagued by multiple accusations of sexual misconduct over the past month and faced a Senate Ethics Committee investigation. The allegations began after Los Angeles radio anchor Leeann Tweeden accused him of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour.
Franken announced he would resign after more than two dozen key Democratic lawmakers called for him to step down.
Heres what will happen to his Senate seat once he leaves office, according to Minnesota election law. 1. Governor appoints a new senator
Gov. Mark Dayton would appoint a new senator to fill Frankens seat, when he resigns, Ryan Furlong, a spokesman for the Minnesota secretary of states office, told Fox News.
A Democrat, Minnesotans could expect Dayton to appoint a member of his own party.
The newly-appointed senator would be in office until at least Nov. 2018 when a special election would be scheduled. The appointed senator would not be obligated to run in that election.
Minnesota is one of 36 states where a governor will make an appointment to fill a U.S. Senate vacancy, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 2. A special election is scheduled for November 2018
A special election would be scheduled for Nov. 2018 and the winner would remain in the Senate for the remainder of what was Franken's term.
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Does the Al Franklin decade start now?
Another one bites the dust! :)
As much as i cant stand the election stealing crook he got railroaded by his own people! Funny though
Tina Smith ? Another Winner? LOL
His legacy is secure. Al Franken: Groper of the Senate.
I’ll be darned. I thought he wasn’t actually going to do it.
An infestation like that is best destroyed by fire,
preferably from orbit.
Did you know HRC only won MN by 1.5%? If they can find a DJT [political] clone, the seat may be winnable when it comes back up.
Nahhh. He’ll team up with Jill Stein and run for the oval office.
Looks like Al Franken will have to do his groping and cocaine snorting some place other than the US Senate!
How are the sales of his book going?
I was in Barnes and Noble recently, and there was a big stack of his book. Apparently far fewer buyers than anticipated????
He’ll be hosting SNL in the near future.
To be replaced with one as liberal as he is.
Waiting to hear from FReepers who swore he’d never actually leave.
I think both Senate seats will now be in contention in November. If republicans can resist the temptation to self destruct, they should be able to pick up one.