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"Mn/DOT is diligently at work recovering from a major disaster and rebuilding a bridge vital to the region's economy," the statement read. "Lt. Gov. Molnau in her position as transportation commissioner is at the helm of that process and has no intention of resigning."

Support for Molnau also came from GOP Sens. Ray Vandeveer and Warren Limmer, who characterized her as a target of partisan attacks.

"There are two games that people could play in Minnesota this year. One is fantasy football and the other is the DFL fantasy disaster blame game," said Vandeveer, R-Forest Lake.

Meanwhile, a new Channel 5 Eyewitness News/Survey USA poll finds widespread discontent with Molnau's performance, with 53 percent of those polled saying she should resign.

The poll shows 57 percent of those surveyed disapprove of the job Molnau is doing as transportation commissioner overall and 55 percent disapprove of her handling of the I-35W bridge disaster.

The Legislature did not fare well, either, with 55 percent disapproving of its handling of the disaster.

Fewer respondents were willing to blame Molnau's boss, though. Fifty-six percent of those survey approved of Pawlenty's handling of the bridge disaster.

The poll of 500 adults was conducted on Oct. 1. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.5 percent.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Pat Doyle • 651-222-1210 • pdoyle@startribune.com Mark Brunswick • 651-222-1636 • mbrunswick@startribune.com

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