Minnesota governor to name lieutenant governor to Franken's seat: report

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) is likely to tap Lt. Gov. Tina Smith (D) to replace Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenNelson campaign to donate K from Al Franken group to charity Sexual assault is not a game — stop using women to score political points Election Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls MORE (D), who resigned on Thursday, according to a report in The Minneapolis Star Tribune.

The newspaper cited a “high-ranking Democratic source.” The governor’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

Franken announced his resignation just before noon in a speech on the Senate floor.

He said he would be resigning in the next few weeks during a speech in which he said some of the accusations of sexual misconduct lodged against him were not true, while others he remembered differently.

In a statement released after Franken's decision, Dayton said no decision had been made on his replacement.

"I expect to make and announce my decision in the next couple of days," he said.

More than 30 Democratic senators, including Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump, GOP regain edge in Kavanaugh battle READ: President Trump’s exclusive interview with Hill.TV The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump slams Sessions in exclusive Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation MORE (D-N.Y.), called for Franken's resignation on Thursday.

Franken has been facing accusations of sexual misconduct since mid-November, when radio host Leeann Tweeden said he forcibly kissed her during a rehearsal for a skit on a USO tour. She also shared a photo that showed Franken mockingly groping her breasts as she slept on a military plane.

Since then, multiple women have come forward to say Franken groped them during photo ops and at other events.

An appointee replacing Franken would serve until a special election next November, when voters would decide who serves the remaining two years of Franken’s term. 

Minnesota’s other senator, Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSenate Democrats increase pressure for FBI investigation of Kavanaugh Election Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls GOP in striking distance to retake Franken seat MORE (D), is up for reelection in 2018.

This story was updated at 12:47 p.m.