Lt. Gov. Tina Smith (D) “is vowing to ‘hit the ground running’ as she joins the U.S. Senate this week while preparing to run in November.”
Smith said “that she has ‘fundamental differences in values and approaches’ with President Donald Trump and some of her new Republican colleagues.” Still, she “cited infrastructure improvements as an area where the parties could find common ground.”
“Smith plans to run for the remaining two years of Franken’s term in a special election in November, just 10 months away. … Smith said she doesn’t yet know whether she will take over Franken’s committee assignments. But most of Franken’s staff about 50 employees is staying on in Washington and Minnesota.” (AP)
BY THE NUMBERS. A new survey from Public Policy Polling (Dec. 26-27; 671 voters; +/- 3.8%) found that 50 percent of voters believe Sen. Al Franken (D) should not resign, while 42 percent believe he should. (release)
Franken is set to resign Tuesday.