After the many sexual misconduct allegations were made against Senator Al Franken, it was only a matter of time before he would be resigning and replaced. After he announced his resignation from the U.S. Senate a few days ago, a replacement for him was quickly found. The Minnesota Senate seat will go to former Planned Parenthood employee, Tina Smith.
Governor Mark Dayton (D) appoints Tina Smith to the Senate
After the disgraceful resignation of Al Franken, Governor Mark Dayton made the decision to give the Senate seat to Tina Smith. Smith will serve in the Senate until January 2019. After that, she plans on running in a special election next year to serve out the entirety of Franken’s term which will end in 2020. At this moment, it is unclear when Smith will take office as Franken did not give an exact date but said that he would resign “in the coming weeks.”
“Though I never anticipated this moment, I’m resolved to do everything I can to move Minnesota forward,” Smith told reporters. Since January 2015, she has been serving as Minnesota’s 48th lieutenant governor.
Tina Smith was Planned Parenthood’s former VP of External Affairs
From 2003 to 2006, Smith worked as the vice president of external affairs for Planned Parenthood in Minnesota. According to LifeNews, she helped grow the Minnesota abortion industry which performed 9,717 abortions between 2003 and 2006. Also, abortions increased by 22% and Planned Parenthood was reimbursed $458,574.74 by Minnesota taxpayers for performing 1,892 abortions on low-income women. Since 2004, Planned Parenthood has been the largest abortion provider in the state and has kept that position ever since. Between 2003 and 2005, Planned Parenthood received $12.65 million in government grants.
In 2012, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund honored Smith “for her passion and commitment to Planned Parenthood.” “Tina Smith is, without a doubt, the Abortion Senator,” said Leo LaLonde, President of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, who was disappointed but not surprised by the news. Like Franken, Smith will continue to fight for the right to abortion. It seems that the state of Minnesota has only replaced one abortion activist for another.
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