(KMSP) - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he is still in the process of selecting someone to take Sen. Al Franken's seat in the United States Senate after he resigned Thursday amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
Dayton is tasked with appointing Franken's replacement, who will serve until the next election in November 2018. The winner of that race will remain in office until the end of Franken's term in 2020.
Rumors about who will fill Franken's seat are quickly circulating, with some suggesting Dayton might tap Lt. Gov. Tina Smith for the position. But, the governor says he is still days away from a decision and everything right now is just speculative.
"I want someone who will be a great U.S. Senator from Minnesota," Dayton told members of the media on Friday. "There are a number of people who fit that bill."
Dayton says he will have an announcement in a couple of days.