Governor Mark Dayton would not answer questions on whether Senator Al Franken should resign in light of sex harassment allegations against him. Dayton says he was shocked by the photo that came out but will defer to the U-S Senate Ethics Committee. He says, “I believe they have established their credibility as being a very strict and very forceful and forthright group.”
Dayton *has* called for the resignation of state Senator Dan Schoen, a fellow Democrat who also faces allegations of sex harassment. Dayton implied the Minnesota Legislature’s investigation of such accusations is not as rigorous as that of the U-S Senate.
Dayton was asked, if Franken resigns, has he thought about who he’d appoint to finish out that term. Dayton responded, “This is unfolding, an unfolding saga so we’ll see. But again, I have not given it any thought.”