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Local lawmakers react to Sen. Al Franken's resignation

They tell us their reaction and how to move forward from here.

Posted: Dec 7, 2017 7:25 PM
Updated: Dec 7, 2017 8:54 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Minnesota Senator Al Franken's resignation is being met with reaction from local lawmakers. 

" political bias, I'm a democrat. I think that we all felt a strong and important, good voice," State Representative Duane Sauke (DFL-25B), said. "But still, I don't think there's any place for then for us to then say,'oh, we should have allowed him to stay because he's so good.' Bologna!"

"Count me among the people who had a tremendous amount of respect for the work Senator Franken did," Rochester City Councilman Michael Wojcik said. "It's the right decision...he made the right decision in resigning ."

In his resignation address, Senator Franken addressed the irony of him resigning based on similar allegations President Trump and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore are facing, but not letting dictate their role in the political arena. 

"In one place, it must be addressed immediately, and in another place somehow it can be nuanced to be ignored. That is the problem," Rep. Sauke said.

In a statement, repbulican Minnesota Senate candidate Carla Nelson said this in part: 

"I'm glad he finally did the right thing and resigned. additionally, anyone who has taken campaign contributions from sen. franken must return the tainted money."

Governor Dayton said he will appoint a temporary fill in for the upcoming vacancy in the next few days. 

CBS reports speculation of minnesota Lt. Governor Tina Smith as Gov. Dayton's perspective choice. An option local politicians like. 

"She's smart enough for the position, she's done a great job for Rochester as part of the Destination Medical Center. I think there are a lot of incredibly talented women that have done well statewide in the state of Minnesota and I hope one of those women get appointed and run for reelection in 2018," Wojcik said. 

When it comes to moving on from this resignation, Rep. Sauke said a new question arises for voters. 

"Are we going to say that a person who comes and offers themselves to be elected must have a clean slate of life?...That is definitely a question for voters, what are you going to vote for," he asked.

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