Dayton Undergoes Neck Surgery

Republicans may think Mark Dayton will be a pain in the neck if he becomes Minnesota governor, but he has a real pain in the neck.

Dayton spokeswoman Katharine Tinucci confirmed that the Democratic-Farmer-Laborite underwent “minor, outpatient, surgery on his neck last week — a ‘decompression’ he called it.”

His recovery is going well, Tinucci said, and he was back at work the day after surgery. He did take some time off last weekend, the first significant time off in months.

“It certainly has not affected his work on the transition team,” Tinucci said.

However, Sen. Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, said that Dayton canceled an appointment because of the neck pain. Bakk, the Senate minority leader-elect, has not met with Dayton since the election.

Democrat Dayton leads Republican Tom Emmer by fewer than 9,000 votes and a recount is expected to be ordered next week. Both are making plans to become governor while at the same time monitoring the recount and preparing for a possible court case.