Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Twitter reacts to Sen. Al Franken's resignation announcement

Twitter reacts to Sen. Al Franken's resignation announcement

But he recognized that had had to step aside, and that in the weeks ahead, "I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate".

Franken, a former writer and performer on NBC's "Saturday Night Live", is serving his second term in the Senate. But in responding to their claims I also wanted to be respectful of the broader conversation, because all women deserve to be heard and their experiences taken seriously.

Already the Senate Democrat's number two man, Dick Durbin (IL), and the party's assistant leader, Patty Murray (WA), had joined New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand's campaign to force Franken to resign his seat.

And there's obviously some bitterness here: bitterness over his forced resignation while Donald Trump remains in office and the Republican Party supports Roy Moore-and, presumably, some bitterness that his Democratic colleagues abandoned him. Politico reported that a congressional aide said Franken had tried to forcibly kiss her in 2006, before he was elected to the Senate.

Franken is under growing pressure from his fellow Democrats to resign following multiple accusations of sexual harassment.

The woman, who was not identified, told Politico that she ducked to avoid his lips but Franken told her: "It's my right as an entertainer". This morning I spoke with Senator Franken and, as you know, he will be making an announcement about his future tomorrow morning.

This isn't over. The women who made the original allegations are nearly certain to speak out further.

But with six other women now reportedly coming forward to accuse Franken of touching them inappropriately, a chorus of Democratic senators said it was time for him to go.

He nevertheless called some of the allegations "not true", and that he was prepared to cooperate with an ethics investigation. The victor of a special election in November would serve through the end of Franken's term in January of 2021.

"We should demand the highest standards, not the lowest, from our leaders", she said.

"This has been a tough few weeks for me", Franken said, thanking his family for their support. A fourth woman, an Army veteran, alleged Franken cupped her breast during a photo on a USO tour in 2003. Franken has denied some of the accused actions and apologized for others. Franken of sexual misconduct in a piece published by The Atlantic.

And while it isn't a flawless analogy because they weren't accused of sexual misconduct themselves, Missouri's Todd Akin and Indiana's Richard Mourdock lost highly winnable Senate races for Republicans in 2012 after making controversial comments about women who had been raped. It would be highly irregular for the liberal politician to appoint a Republican to the seat.

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