DFL leader Tom Bakk faces leadership challenge from fellow Senate Democrat
December 6, 2019
Minnesota state Sen. Tom Bakk, an Iron Range stalwart and one of the Capitol's most powerful DFL lawmakers, is facing a rare internal challenge from a fellow Democratic senator for the post of minority leader.
The looming showdown between Bakk and his new challenger, Sen. Susan Kent of Woodbury, was expected to play out in a DFL caucus meeting scheduled for Tuesday. Bakk, however, acted Thursday to postpone the meeting, which could turn into a clash between the party's liberal metro lawmakers and its more conservative outstate wing.