Senate Democrats Turn on Al Franken – Demand and Get Resignation

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It would seem that Senator Al Franken’s unremarkable time in the Senate is coming to a close.

His female Democrat colleagues want him out… and soon.

From the Daily Caller News Foundation:

A flood of female senators are calling for Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken to resign Wednesday, after multiple women came forward alleging sexual misconduct.

The female Democratic senators began calling for Franken to resign the same day the Minnesota Democrat faced his seventh accusation of sexual misconduct. A former Democratic congressional aide came forward and accused Franken of trying to kiss her after a taping of his radio show in 2006.

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Franken denied the allegations from his former aide and called them “categorically not true.” Within minutes, eleven women in the U.S. Senate began calling for Franken to resign.

Leeann Tweeden first accused Franken in late November of forcibly kissing her and groping her on a USO tour in 2006. Franken apologized for his behavior, but continued to face allegations from a number of other woman, who say he sexually mistreated them while serving in the U.S. Senate.

Even Franken’s “good friend” Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is ready to see Franken go.

From the Daily Caller News Foundation:

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Wednesday evening that Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota should resign from the chamber, after a series of women have come forward claiming that Franken sexually harassed them.

“Senator Franken should resign,” Schumer said Wednesday. “I consider Senator Franken a dear friend and greatly respect his accomplishments, but he has a higher obligation to his constituents and the Senate, and he should step down immediately.”

Some 31 Democratic senators, in addition to Schumer, called on Franken to resign Wednesday.

The sexual harassment allegations against Franken started in mid-November, and have since then precipitated. News anchor Leeann Tweeden was the first to come forward claiming that Franken sexually harassed her.

Tweeden claims Franken sexually harassed and assaulted her on a number of occasions during a USO entertainment tour in the Middle East in 2006. Franken, a former writer and actor for “Saturday Night Live,” also reportedly wrote a script for a USO show that had him kissing Tweeden.

She also says that she found a photo after returning home from the tour that shows Franken with his hands over her breasts and smiling.

Earlier today Franken finally announced that he would be resigning, but that resignation is not imminent. Franken explained that he’d be moving toward that end over the next few weeks. 

Some pundits are speculating that Franken is trying to wait out the current furor in an effort to hold on to his position. Franken may be waiting to see how the people of Alabama vote in their special election this coming week, surmising that if Roy Moore can be elected despite the allegations against him, perhaps he (Franken) can remain in the Senate as well.

I guess we’ll see…

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