Senator Al Franken is having a very bad week. The allegations of sexual misconduct against him are snowballing. Fourteen Democratic Senators and the DNC leader are urging him to resign immediately. After all of that hit, his office announced that he would make an “announcement” tomorrow. At this rate, he may not last the day. No details were given. What brought all this to a head today is that earlier a former Democratic congressional aide accused the Minnesota Democrat of forcibly trying to kiss her 11 years ago, adding to a string of allegations against him. Franken is denying this one, but it’s too late for him I think.
In a string of statements today, 14 of Franken’s Senate Democratic colleagues — nearly a third of the party’s caucus — pushed for him to step down. Among them was Patty Murray of Washington, the third-ranking Senate Democrat. Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez also tweeted that Franken should step down. There seems to be no love left in the Democratic Party for Senator Al Franken these days. Maybe Saturday Night Live will take him back.
Senator Franken will be making an announcement tomorrow. More details to come.
— Sen. Al Franken (@SenFranken) December 6, 2017
Here are the Dems who want Franken out of there right now – it’s a who’s who of Marxists:
- Kirsten Gillibrand of New York
- Mazie Hirono of Hawaii
- Claire McCaskill of Missouri
- Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire
- Patty Murray of Washington
- Kamala Harris of California
- Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin
- Debbie Stabenow of Michigan
- Bob Casey of Pennsylvania
- Joe Donnelly of Indiana
- Sherrod Brown of Ohio
- Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota
- Ed Markey of Massachusetts
- Michael Bennet of Colorado
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, also said he should resign too. She is a RINO, might as well be a Democrat, so it figures she’d weigh in.
In their statements, Democrats used words such as “egregious” and “unacceptable” to describe his behavior. The former aide who came forward said the incident took place after a taping of Franken’s radio show, before he was a Senator. He pursued her after her boss had left the studio. She said she was gathering her belongings to follow her boss out of the room. When she turned around, Franken was in her face. The former staffer ducked to avoid Franken’s lips. “‘It’s my right as an entertainer,'” the woman says Franken told her after she avoided his kiss. Part of that is exactly how he thinks and he probably thought he could claim it was a joke. Not very funny if you ask me. I don’t think timing is going to matter here much.
“He was between me and the door and he was coming at me to kiss me. It was very quick and I think my brain had to work really hard to be like ‘Wait, what is happening?’ But I knew whatever was happening was not right and I ducked,” the aide said in an interview. “I was really startled by it and I just sort of booked it towards the door and he said, ‘It’s my right as an entertainer.’” She was in her 20’s at the time and it was in 2006. “I do feel this very heavy responsibility to speak the truth,” the former staffer said. “I don’t think that there are different versions of truth and that’s what’s bothered me a lot about [his] responses.”
Franken had this to say after the accusation: “This allegation is categorically not true and the idea that I would claim this as my right as an entertainer is preposterous. I look forward to fully cooperating with the ongoing ethics committee investigation.”
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York stated, “While Senator Franken is entitled to have the Ethics Committee conclude its review, I believe it would be better for our country if he sent a clear message that any kind of mistreatment of women in our society isn’t acceptable by stepping aside to let someone else serve,” Gillibrand said in a Facebook post. She was referring to a Senate Ethics Committee investigation of the sexual harassment claims against Franken. “Enough is enough,” she wrote. “The women who have come forward are brave and I believe them.” Well, he’s already admitted to some of them, so that’s not a stretch here.
The skirt chasing Senator is far from alone. Multiple members of Congress are now being outed for sexual misconduct. Rep. John Conyers, D-MI, stepped down yesterday after more than 50 years in Congress following former staffers’ allegations of misconduct. He wants his son to take his place in Detroit. Let’s hope not for Michigan’s sake.
I for one will not miss Al Franken. He’s a Marxist and a vile one. Good freaking riddance.