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Minnesota Official Reacts to Franken News: ‘Good god. It’s so bad.’

Text messages between the Minnesota secretary of state, obtained via FOIA request and provided exclusively to NTK, show the official’s reaction to the Franken news.

By NTK Staff | 11.17.2017 @4:40pm
Minnesota Official Reacts to Franken News: ‘Good god. It’s so bad.’

Text messages exchanged between Steve Simon, Minnesota’s secretary of state and a Democrat, and his Democrat staff reveal the reactions of local officials to the news that Franken sexually assaulted a fellow USO entertainer in 2006.

In messages exchanged as the news was breaking Thursday and obtained via Freedom of Information Act request, Simon’s chief of staff Jake Spano and communications director Ryan Furlong shared their reactions with their boss.

“Steve –just wanted to make sure you saw the news surrounding Sen. Franken today in case there are media in Winona,” read Furlong’s first message to Simon and Spano.

“Good god. It’s so bad,” Spano replied.

“Just ended my gig. What happened. Can someone call me?” Simon answered.

Furlong followed up by telling his boss that “reporters are openly speculating about his resignation. McConnell has called for the ethics committee to investigate.”

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The texts illustrate the reaction of local and down ballot elected officials and their staffs to the news about Franken’s sexual misconduct.

In addition to being Simon’s chief of staff, Spano is also the mayor of St. Louis Park, the Minneapolis suburb where Franken grew up.

Simon, 47, served in the Minnesota state House of Representatives from 2005 to 2015 and won a 2014 race to become secretary of state.

It’s possible his staff focused on Franken’s potential resignation in the immediate aftermath of the scandal in the hopes that Simon could be appointed to fill out the senator’s term.

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