Sen. Al Franken officially stepped down Tuesday - and former Rep. Michele Bachmann may be considering stepping in. Al Franken's Minnesota seat.
The former Minnesota congresswoman told televangelist Jim Bakker during his TV show that she's praying about the decision. Smith says she will run for the remaining two years of Franken's term. But there's also a price you pay.
"I've had people contact me and urge me to run for that Senate seat", Bachmann said.More news: Houston Police: Arrested man with guns didn't plan to use them
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However, she told Bakker that she was wary about wading into the Senate race because she's anxious about paying a price that she described as "bigger than ever" because "the Swamp is so toxic". His departure was strategic, Bachmann suggested, because Democrats want to use sexual harassment as an issue in upcoming campaigns. I think he did. The only other candidate to announce a run in the special election is state Karin Housley, a Republican who represents an east metro suburban district. In her interview with Bakker, she referenced the clinics, claiming that false allegations had left her clinics almost bankrupt twice.
His successor, Minnesota lieutenant governor Tina Smith, will be sworn into office Wednesday.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misstated when Bachmann spoke with Bakker.