Sounds like Mark Dayton's relationship with his lieutenant governor is pretty awkward

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This is about as intimate as Dayton and his lieutenant governor get, according to Solon.
Yvonne Prettner Solon isn't sure whether she'll run to be Mark Dayton's lieutenant governor again next year. It probably doesn't help that the two are barely on speaking terms.

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In a recent interview with MinnPost, Prettner Solon said she and Dayton "don't really talk" and conjectured that it might be because they're both single.

"The governor and I go our own ways," she said. "Maybe it's because we're both single. We're used to being alone."

Solon's husband died in 2001, and Dayton is twice divorced.

"We do chat at cabinet meetings and executive council meetings and some other occasions but talk? Not really," Pretter Solon continued, adding that when she wants to interact with Dayton, she goes through his staff.

By comparison, that makes the not-always-warm-and-fuzzy relationship between Barack and Biden sound like the world's biggest bromance, doesn't it?

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mingtran topcommenter

Everything that fool does is akward

Rajean Moone
Rajean Moone

I think it is tough to be a Lieutenant Governor in Minnesota. I hope she does run again, she's been a great advocate for seniors and many other people. Unfortunately the position is really just a figure head unless something happens to the Governor. I seem to recall Mr. Pawlenty appointing his LtGov as a Commissioner of a State Agency. Or was that Mr. Ventura?


@Rajean Moone Pawlenty appointed Lieutenant Governor Carol Molnau Transportation Commissioner. Critics said the I-35W bridge collapse exposed her lack of leadership.  According to Wikipedia, "In September 2007 the reported that Molnau's Director of Emergency Response was attending a class at Harvard on Emergency Response. The Director did not return when the bridge collapsed, and proceeded to spend several days in Washington, DC before returning to Minnesota over a week later. The Director has since been terminated after the outcome of an investigation by the State's Legislative Auditor and the Department of Transportation. ...On February 28, 2008 Molnau was removed from her position as Transportation Commissioner by the State Senate by a party-line, 44–22 vote.Pawlenty considered her ouster a disappointing partisan move while legislators saw failures of leadership and management." Good times.


@Rajean Moone  Ventura's Lt. was a veteran school teacher who visited every school district in the state during her one term. I cannot remember her name. Super nice lady.

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