US Senator Franken resigning

A prominent casualty of the wave of allegations of sexual mosconduct and harassment is US Senator Al Franken. Esrlier:

That sounds like a resignation is probably imminent.

Just now:

The push for Franken’s resignation started after a woman came forward last month to say he had badgered her into an unwanted kiss before he was a senator and groped her while she slept.

‘Their patience had worn incredibly thin’: How the dam broke on Al Franken

That allegation set forth weeks of open deliberation about the political future of the unlikely comedian turned progressive darling.

Last month, Leeann Tweeden, a morning news anchor on the AM radio station KABC in Los Angeles, posted her story on the station’s website, saying Franken forcibly kissed her and groped her in 2006 during a USO tour.

Franken apologized in an email statement:.

“The first thing I want to do is apologize: to Leeann, to everyone else who was part of that tour, to everyone who has worked for me, to everyone I represent, and to everyone who counts on me to be an ally and supporter and champion of women. There’s more I want to say, but the first and most important thing—and if it’s the only thing you care to hear, that’s fine — is: I’m sorry”.

But in the coming days and weeks, more accusers have come forward.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, called for a Senate Ethics Committee probe into Franken

New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand called for Franken to resign, and other Democratic senators posted statements in swift succession. In the span of a few hours Wednesday afternoon, dozens of senators said Franken should go — including Schumer.

Franken seems to have had no viable option but to resign.

Politico: Inside the demise of Al Franken

Female Democratic senators had been talking privately for weeks about how they were losing their patience as harassment claims piled up.

“It’s painful to do it,” Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said Wednesday after urging Franken to step down. “But here are these courageous women who have come [forward]. It’s a fact pattern that is pretty obvious.”

Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) sounded a similar note. “I hope that members of both political parties will be guided by sound principles and even when it’s painful,” Durbin said. “And this is painful. Al Franken is my friend.”

Painful particularly for the women who had to come out in public to get some action on this and other cases of alleged abuse.



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  1. Great. Another “handy” man being held to account. The worst sort of sleazy – a bloke who pretends at Progressive yet whose louche behaviour gives the lie to his purported values.

    To me the dimorphism, strength relativity of the sexes is an important factor here. Other things like acquiessence as a woman not wanting a fuss or avoiding a conflict are less defendable and I think that’s now changing. The physical power imbalance is strong in most sexual assault and right across the severity spectrum.

    As a woman I’m very glad casual groping might just end up as an historical abberation.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  8th December 2017

      It won’t.

      I find the witch hunt mentality very alarming-no need for any evidence, just make an allegation and the man is considered to be guilty. His name is broadcast, his reputation is shot, his family hurt, his job and their income are gone…it’s too easy to destroy someone with an allegation that they can’t possibly disprove.

      This will probably be a bad thing for women as well as men, making a division and causing mistrust.

  2. Joe Bloggs

     /  8th December 2017

    And while Franken steps down from his seat in the Senate, a a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office, and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate, both with the full support of their party.

  3. Kitty Catkin

     /  8th December 2017

    Oh, but that wasn’t Trump on that tape, just, er, someone who sounded just like him. He apologised (well, his idea of apologising) even though it wasn’t him. Well, it was him then, but it isn’t now. Er….

  4. duperez

     /  8th December 2017

    When all skeletons are out of all closets and the dust has cleared, those in office surely will be clean. They would have been screened and scrutinised and put on notice. Anyone who has done anything which could be construed as problematic would have resigned. Remember Senator, when you joked wth a check-out girl in a Chattanooga store in 2004?

    You have to be President to above all that.

  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  8th December 2017

    And another one bites the dust. And another one …

    • Gezza

       /  8th December 2017

      Roy Moore (R) next up?

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  8th December 2017

        Seems not. Maybe fundamentslist Christians do wear an impermeable halo. Or perhaps time has healed even his back story.

        • Gezza

           /  8th December 2017

          He has to go thru an Ethics Committee hearing if elected. That’ll be no doubt be a noisy affair.


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