MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Republican Party of Minnesota Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan released the following statement in response to Gov. Mark Dayton’s appointment of Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to the United State Senate:
“Today, Governor Dayton announced a powerful and important decision on behalf of all of us in Minnesota. Instead of nominating a leader who can effectively represent all Minnesotans, Governor Dayton chose to play politics with Senator Franken’s replacement. It’s an underhanded ‘House of Cards’ style move. This is clearly an attempt to throw the Republican majority in the Minnesota Senate out of balance. This decision will ripple through the next legislative session. This move is as transparent as it is political.
“Tina Flint-Smith heads into office with all of the political baggage of the Dayton administration. The ongoing MNsure debacle, the expensive Senate office building, and a well-established track record of far-left policies. Minnesota Republicans look forward to electing a Republican to the U.S. Senate in 2018.”