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  Mark Dayton announces transition leaders
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News DateMonday, November 8, 2010 11:35:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionMinnesota Democrat Mark Dayton, expressing confidence he’ll prevail even if his race heads to a recount, announced his transition team Monday.

Hours after the state Republican Party introduced the leaders of its recount team, Dayton said he wanted to move forward with “an unofficial transition for the strong possibility of becoming governor on Jan. 3, 2011.”

Republican Tom Emmer believes he could still surpass Dayton. He met privately with outgoing Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Monday morning, but he’s stayed largely mum since last Tuesday’s returns revealed the race to be an unexpected nail-biter.

One of the two co-chairs, Tina Smith, was chief of staff to Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak until the end of last year. The other, Lee Sheehy, was chief of staff to Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).

The two senior advisers also have deep links to the party establishment. Ruth Orrick, a former executive at a powerful publishing company, once chaired the state’s Democratic organization. Michele Kelm-Helgen has been chief of staff to the Minnesota State Senate since 2006. Republicans just took control of that chamber.
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