The Latest: Dayton OKs new deputy joining GOP campaign

The Latest on Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach joining former Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s campaign (all times local):

10:50 a.m.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he has no problems with his new lieutenant governor running for the job with another candidate from a different party.

Former Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced Lt. Gov. Fischbach as his running mate Thursday. It comes just a week after Fischbach abruptly decided to resign her longtime state Senate seat and take the oath of office as lieutenant governor after months of resisting the job.

But Dayton dismissed any concern that Fischbach’s decision to formally join his cabinet was politically motivated. He says everything is political in an election year and insists he and Fischbach have a good relationship.

The Democratic governor says Fischbach has every right to run for the office again this fall.

9:45 a.m.

Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty has chosen the state’s newly sworn-in lieutenant governor as his running mate.

Pawlenty announced Thursday that Republican Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach would join the campaign. Fischbach resigned her Senate seat last week and was sworn in as Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s lieutenant governor after resisting the job for months.

Fischbach confirmed she had agreed to join Pawlenty’s ticket before resigning her Senate seat. She said she told Dayton of her plans to join Pawlenty’s campaign Thursday morning.

Pawlenty says Fischbach’s expertise from 22 years in the Legislature makes her the right choice. Pawlenty served as governor from 2003 until 2011.

Minnesota once elected governors and lieutenant governors separately, so Fischbach wouldn’t be the first to serve under governors of different parties.