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Nominee pushed out by GOP senators takes new post with governor

Sen. Ellen Anderson says she has accepted a job as a senior adviser to the governor after Republican senators ousted her as chairwoman of the Public Utilities Commission. The firing greatly angered Gov. Dayton, who called the Republicans "unfit to govern" and "too extreme to lead." Republicans said Anderson was prejudiced against traditional energy sources such as coal and nuclear power.
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Sen. Ellen Anderson says she has accepted a job offer from Gov. Dayton to serve as his senior adviser on energy and the environment, according to Minnesota Public Radio.

The offer comes after Republican Senators ousted her as chairwoman of the Public Utilities Commission. The firing infuriated Gov. Dayton, who called the Republicans "unfit to govern" and "too extreme to lead," according to Forum Communications.

Republicans said Anderson was prejudiced against traditional energy sources such as coal and nuclear power. Republican Julie Rosen said Anderson "demonized traditional energy sources," but Democrats disagree.

Anderson told the Associated Press she doesn't think Republicans judged her on her real job performance. She called her firing "unfair, mean-spirited and wrong."

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