Thursday, 19 April, 2018

It's time for Al Franken to resign

Franken breaks silence, says he's 'embarrassed and ashamed' An “Embarrassed and Ashamed” Al Franken Is Returning to Work
Charlie Simmons | 30 November, 2017, 14:24

The first woman to come forward with allegations of impropriety against Franken was Tweeden, a female radio host.

Carnahan says Franken's apology is not enough, accusing the Junior Senator of blaming harassment victims without admitting wrongdoing. Tweeden also alleged that the then-comedian forcibly kissed her while the two were rehearsing a skit. I felt disgusted and violated'.

The first claim against Franken emerged almost two weeks ago, when Leeann Tweeden, a Los Angeles radio host, said the senator forcibly kissed and groped her during a 2006 USO tour, before he was elected to the Senate. "I've been trying to take responsibility. I don't remember these particular photos", Franken said.

"I just want to again say I am sorry", Franken said. Franken also disputed Tweeden's account that he kissed her without consent, but apologized nonetheless for how it made her feel.

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"But have you ever placed a hand on some woman's butt?"

"I know that I've let a lot of people down, people of Minnesota, my colleagues, my staff, my supporters, and everyone who has counted on me to be a champion for women", he said.

"From these stories it's been clear that there are some women - and one is too many - who feel that I have done something disrespectful or that's hurt them".

I've let the people of Minnesota down.

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And a seeming resolution to do better in the future: "I know that I am going to have to be much more conscious when in these circumstances, much more careful, much more sensitive". The women spoke to Huffington Post on condition of anonymity.

In Minnesota, 65 Democratic women released a letter expressing disappointment, but support. "He grabbed my buttocks during a photo op". In crowded chaotic situations, I can't say I haven't done that.

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), far left, speaks to the media outside his office in the Hart Senate Office Building on Monday.

Ideally, Dayton, a Democrat, would first secure a commitment that Franken's appointed replacement wouldn't run for the job, but would instead simply fill the spot until voters can select a new senator in a special election; that way, such a move couldn't be seen as a way for Democrats to ditch a damaged political figure and give a more palatable replacement a head start on the competition.

The editorial board said Franken, despite his vows to do so, may not be able to gain back the trust of his constituents.

Franken said that he did not remember touching women inappropriately, but said that he posed for "thousands of pictures". Franken has disputed that claim.

"I can categorically say that I did not proposition anyone to join me in any bathroom", he said in a statement to the site.

"It's hard to respond to anonymous accusers, and I don't remember those campaign events".

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