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.
Minnesota senators sharply questioned federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch during Wednesday's Supreme Court confirmation hearings, grilling him on whether he'd be protect the interests of ordinary people over corporations.
Other business groups like realtors, electric utility Xcel Energy Services, private colleges, tobacco giant Altria, Polymet Mining, health insurers and hospitals contributed to the overall total of $57.7 million to lobby the Legislature, the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton and Metro municipal governments.