>> Senator Franken has been a real champion for this state.>> Minnesota's Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith, will be appointed as US Senator to replace Al Franken, who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment by several women. Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, Wednesday announcing the appointment of Smith, who vowed to find her own voice in Franken's vacated seat.
>> I've spoken with Senator Franken, and I know that he made the decision that he made thinking about what was best for Minnesotans. I respect his work, but I will take on this role in my own way, using my own judgment and experience. Smith became Lieutenent Governor in 2015, she previously worked at Dayton's Chief of Staff, and held positions at General Mills and Planned Parenthood.
With her appointment, Minnesota will now have two female senators, as she joins fellow Democrat, Amy Klobuchar. Smith praised Franken's work as senator, but made sure to highlight her zero tolerance policy for harassment.>> Sexual harassment is disrespectful to people, and it can't be tolerated.>> When asked if she's prepared to fundraise for the race to keep her seat in 2018, she appeared undaunted.
>> Well, the conversation about campaigns and elections, I want to wait for another day. But I can tell you I shouldn't be underestimated, and if I weren't confident, I wouldn't be doing this.