Fired By Minn. Senate, Anderson Takes Dayton Offer

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former state Sen. Ellen Anderson says she has accepted a job offer from Gov. Mark Dayton that came after Republican lawmakers rejected her confirmation to lead the Public Utilities Commission.

Anderson tells Minnesota Public Radio News on Tuesday that she will serve as a senior advisor to Dayton on energy and environmental issues. Dayton said a day earlier that Anderson would earn the same salary she’d been drawing at the PUC, which was just over $88,000 a year.

The GOP-controlled Senate voted on party lines Monday to reject Anderson’s confirmation. Republicans say Anderson was biased against traditional energy sources, but Dayton bashed the vote as purely partisan.

Anderson is a former DFL state senator from St. Paul. She says the responsibilities of her new position have not been totally defined.

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  1. Common_Cents says:

    See how that works? Once your’re ‘in’, you’re IN. When will the revolution begin?

    99% of people that get fired goto the unemployment line..

  2. The new normal says:

    Dayton just creates a position for her? Wow how does that work. As a tax payer I don’t want to pay her salary, I hope the $88K comes out of his salary.

    1. Enron was Nothing says:

      It’s better than that, new normal. She will get to apply that against her years in the state senate to triple her pension thanks to Dayton. It’s good to be a crony of the winner. The rest of us will pay the extra million dollars in pension she will draw long after the Governor’s sons inherit the Governor’s inheritance.

  3. Ali says:

    most of all she gets to keep her lavish government pension building… how are all you people out there doing with your lavish lifetime pensions…what, you don’nt have one? I thought evrybody has a lifetime pension coming? Only government union workers and government people have them…oh I did’nt klnow that!

  4. Cindy says:

    most of all she gets to keep her lavish government pension building… how are all you people out there doing with your lavish lifetime pensions…what, you don’nt have one? I thought evrybody has a lifetime pension coming? Only government union workers and government people have them…oh I did’nt klnow that!

  5. Al says:

    Minnesota again leads the nation in lunatic politics!!

  6. Two can play that game says:

    All DemocRATS are dirty filth, ALL!

  7. Betty says:

    With joblessness the nation’s number one concern, that’s not a winning perception for Dayton . Anti-union Anti government jobs sentiment has been reinforced by the growing number of cities and states that are grappling with excessive public employee pay.

  8. Amy K says:

    Name one republican who isn’t rotten filth. You can’t, can you?

    1. Mark D says:

      Abraham Lincoln. My Grandmother. (The second one was free.)

      1. Matt says:

        your grandmother was a slave? Didn’t realize we had people so closely related still alive from that period.

        1. Mark D says:

          She was. She is renewed by drinking the blood of Democrats with integrity. Of course, her time is short now since there are none left to rejuvenate her.

    2. dan says:

      Isnt the story about a Democrat?

  9. hunnybear18 says:

    A Republican governor would have been skewered for creating a position for someone who was not confirmed. Two sets of rules from the guy who vetoed voter ID even though over 70% of Minnesotans support and signed an executive order to benefit his union cronies.

  10. Questions says:

    Not only is there the salary but she will need an office with a desk computer etc. where is the money coming from. Is something being cut to pay for this?
    I am sure the governer thinks she will be valuable, I just want to know where the money is coming from.

    1. Matt says:

      Well they won’t build a new office, and computers are pretty cheap now of days.

      1. Answers says:

        You’re thinking of private sector computers. Government union computers are way more expensive, don’t work very much, and your children will be paying for them long after they stop working.

  11. Gary says:

    it’s nothing but the elite taking care of the elite…darn cronies taking care of their own

  12. Brett says:

    Well, everybody knows that if Ellen Anderson was not drawing a STATE ISSUED PAYROLL CHECK, the state would grind to a HALT, PRONTO!!! You people keep complaining about career, CORRUPT, politicians, so start showing some BACKBONE and advocating that they MOVE ON, and let a smarter, wiser generation learn to GOVERN.

  13. kevin says:

    we need to do another recount on Franken also, I am hereing from some dead people that they voted for him.

  14. John Brunette says:

    Where is your coverage of Senator Ortman’s response? Where is your coverage of Dayton’s retraction from his statement, and apology to the St. Cloud paper? Is this the DFL headquarters, or a news organization?

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