PUC Commissioner On Senate Rejection 31 Jan 12

Former state senator Ellen Anderson says the state Senate’s vote to reject her as Governor Dayton’s Public Utilities Commission chief was “unfair, mean-spirited and wrong.” The Senate voted 37-29 on Monday to reject Anderson. The vote was on party lines with all Senate Republicans against Anderson, who says the vote from former colleagues stung. Anderson says she doesn’t believe she was judged on her performance in a job she held for more than six months. She has not speculated on the Republican motives behind the vote, but did disagree with a comment from Fairmont Republican Senator Julie Rosen that Anderson has “demonized traditional energy sources.” Governor Dayton said after the vote that he would offer Anderson a job as a senior advisor in his administration.