The Nation: Musical Chairs

In Minnesota, where politics is supposed to be as clear as the trout streams, the deal seemed clouded with back room smoke. Soon, two-term Governor Wendell Anderson, 43, will resign. His successor, Lieutenant Governor Rudy Perpich, 48, will then appoint Anderson to the Senate seat being vacated by Vice President-elect Walter Mondale.

The musical-chairs arrangement poses some risk of a backlash for Anderson when he comes up for election in 1978. He has a 70% popularity rating as Governor because among other things, he lowered local public education costs. But a Minnesota poll found wide disapproval of his Senate scheme.

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