Senate Leader Senjem: Two other Dayton commissioners are on "watch list"
February 3, 2012 — 5:50pm
Fresh after ousting Gov. Mark Dayton's pick to lead the Public Utilities Commission, Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem said Republicans have two other Dayton commissioners on a "watch list."
"As we've gone down through the list, there might be some that are more on the question mark list," Senjem, R-Rochester, said. He specifically said Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger and Pollution Control Agency Commissioner Paul Aasen are on a "watch list."
While Senjem did not say the commissioners being watched will be ousted, his warning adds fuel to the already fiery fight over gubernatorial picks. On Monday, the Senate voted not to confirm PUC head Ellen Anderson, a former DFL Senator.
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