ST PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Oughout. S. Sen. Al Franken’s possible resignation is setting off a hurry to find a possible replacement.

The responsibility to replace the Mn Democrat would fall to Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton. Dayton should decide whether to appoint a brief placeholder or try to set somebody up for a 2018 special selection to finish out Franken’s term, which usually runs through 2020.

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith is near the best of any list, having offered as Dayton’s second-in-command for three yrs. Smith is a longtime political surgical who ran several campaigns plus previously mulled a run designed for governor. Dayton could also look to Lawyer General Lori Swanson or Condition Auditor Rebecca Otto.

Dayton’s workplace declined to comment. Franken’s workplace said he will make an statement Thursday in a speech on the United states senate floor.