Now that Minnesota Senator Al Franken has stepped down in the face of sexual assault allegations, his successor has been nominated. You will be as shocked, shocked as I was to hear that it's a woman, Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith. Governor Mark Drayton appointed her to the one-year term, concluding in January 2019.
Though I never anticipated this moment, I am resolved to do everything I can to move Minnesota forward, and I will be a fierce advocate in the United States Senate for the economic opportunity and fairness. This is a difficult moment for us. But, even now, I am filled with optimism for Minnesota.
Will replacing Franken with a woman mean good things for women? Not particularly. Smith worked with Planned Parenthood as their VP of Public Affairs in Minnesota. She was, essentially, a lobbyist. According to the Washington Examiner, she was registered as such. While in that position, she lobbied against informed consent laws for mothers as well as one-day waiting periods before terminating a pregnancy. At the time, 10 unborn Minnesotans a day were being aborted, the Examiner reports.
I thought replacing Franken with a woman was somehow supposed to be helpful to women. Having an abortion enthusiast in Congress hardly seems like a plus.