The governor of Minnesota is reportedly preparing to announce a replacement in the Senate for Al Franken. But Franken has not resigned yet. He has only announced his intention to resign.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Minnesota Governor to Announce Franken’s Replacement on Wednesday
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D.) said he will announce his appointment to replace departing Democratic Sen. Al Franken on Wednesday.
Franken announced last week he would be resigning his office after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct came forward against him. Although he at first said he would cooperate with a Senate ethics investigation and did not indicate plans to step down, he lost the support of his Democratic Senate colleagues, the majority of whom publicly called for him to resign after a seventh accuser came forward.
Politico report Gabriel Debenedetti shared the plans for Dayton’s announcement on Twitter.
Minnesota Gov Dayton will announce Franken's replacement in the Senate tomorrow at 10:00 AM in the state capitol
— Gabriel Debenedetti (@gdebenedetti) December 12, 2017
Dayton’s choice will serve until a special election in 2018, The Hill reports. The winner of the special election will then serve out the remainder of Franken’s term until the next election in 2020. As Dayton is a Democrat, it is assured Franken’s replacement with be another member of his party.
There is lots of chatter about the idea that Franken will retract his intention to resign if Roy Moore wins in Alabama. We’ll know soon enough.