Al Franken Is Out

Sen. Al Franken D-Minn. listens during the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on several nominees on Wednesday Nov. 29 2017

U.S. Senator Al Franken, facing pressure from his fellow Democrats to step down following allegations of sexual misconduct, will announce his decision on Thursday.

He also described himself as "a champion of women", but acknowledged that "all women deserve to be heard and their experiences taken seriously", and said he would resign in the "coming weeks". "I may be resigning my seat, but I'm not giving up my voice".

"I was shocked, I was upset, but in responding to their claims, I also wanted to be respectful of that broader conversation", Franken said.

Under Dayton's reported plan, Smith would serve only as a placeholder until a special election - held in November 2018 - which would give the people of Minnesota the opportunity to elect someone to serve the remaining two years of what was supposed to be Franken's six-year term.

But they had lost patience with the growing tally of allegations and paved the path for Mr Franken's exit. There is, he said, a "false impression that I was admitting to doing things I haven't done", and characterized some of the allegations as "simply not true", while others, he indicated "I remember very differently".

"I know who I really am", he said.

Trump has since gone on to support Alabama judge Roy Moore who is running for the Senate amid a torrent of sexual assault allegations, some of which come from women who charge him with assaulting them when they were minors.

Franken quit just a day after new allegations brought the number of women alleging misconduct by him to at least eight.

Mr Franken had gained respect as a serious politician in recent years and has even been mentioned in talk about the 2020 presidential campaign.

Photo Senator Al Franken, Democrat of Minnesota, arrived for a committee hearing last month. In addition, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called for Franken's resignation. Harry Reid, D-Nev., right, sits with Minnesota Democrat Senate hopeful Al Franken in Reid's office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009.

He did not provide specifics - nor did he apologize in Thursday's speech.

In the Senate, in addition to casting what was arguably the deciding vote to pass the Affordable Care Act, Franken has focused on advocating for the rights of women.

He noted that he was being forced out while President Donald Trump - who has been accused of worse offences and bragged on a leaked Access Hollywood videotape of grabbing women by their genitalia - emerged unscathed.

Franken - a former comedian who made his name on the popular late-night show "Saturday Night Live" - announced his decision in an emotional yet somewhat defiant address from the floor of the Senate, where dozens of his colleagues had demanded he step down.

"I would do it all over again in a heartbeat", he said.

Franken was the keynote speaker at a September 23 event at the Belmont in downtown Austin.

In a well-coordinated social media attack, 12 of the Senate's 16 Democratic women took to Twitter or Facebook to demand Franken's resignation. A few appeared to wipe tears from their eyes.

Related:

  • Birth control may be putting women at risk for breast cancer

    Birth control may be putting women at risk for breast cancer

    The illness is fairly rare among women in the age group studied. "It is a very clear picture for us, very convincing", Mørch said. According to the American Cancer Society , one in eight women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in their lifetime.
    Australian Parliament approves same-sex marriage following lengthy national debate

    Australian Parliament approves same-sex marriage following lengthy national debate

    The House had been widely expected to approve the historic bill after the Senate approved the same legislation last week. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull , who had supported legalization, tweeted support for the measure after its passage.
    Some Endgame Destiny 2 Content Now Locked Behind DLC

    Some Endgame Destiny 2 Content Now Locked Behind DLC

    The issue? Any gear above 300 (305 with Mods equipped) requires the player to be level 21 to equip. This is something that players paid for and now it is locked behind the Curse of Osiris DLC .
  • Beijing not happy as Indian drone crashes into 'Chinese territory'

    Beijing not happy as Indian drone crashes into 'Chinese territory'

    The exact location of the area where the drone crashed or date of the incident was however not revealed by either India or China. India said Thursday an unmanned aerial vehicle had "crossed over" the border after losing contact with ground controllers .
    Google pulls YouTube app from Amazon Fire TV devices

    Google pulls YouTube app from Amazon Fire TV devices

    Especially in a week where Google has pulled YouTube off the Amazon Fire TV stick following a spat between the two companies. If the new announcement has you thinking of signing up to Amazon Prime Video you can test it out with a free 30-day trial.
    Bachelor party in Kiev — unforgettable impressions are guaranteed

    Bachelor party in Kiev — unforgettable impressions are guaranteed

    Spectacular dancers will complement the spectacular dance of any composition, leaving an unforgettable impression in your memory. A special chic to the club is given by colorful and incendiary performances, over which a professional choreographer works.
  • California fire threatens Rupert Murdoch's house

    California fire threatens Rupert Murdoch's house

    The Associated Press reported that the evacuation orders affected around 200,000 people and that almost 200 homes had already been destroyed.
    W/Cup Last Opportunity For Current Argentina Team - Messi

    W/Cup Last Opportunity For Current Argentina Team - Messi

    We spoke about it through messages, it was a good thing that he had this period of absence. "We don't feel that way". Messi told TyC Sports: "If we do badly at the World Cup , we all have to disappear from the national team".
    Kevin Love Could Miss Games Due To Concussion

    Kevin Love Could Miss Games Due To Concussion

    According to his database, there has only been two occasions where a player did not miss any games after a concussion. If he is not free of symptoms after a step, he has to stop until he is symptom free and start the stage over.
  • 'Game of Thrones' returning in 2019, Sansa Stark says

    'Game of Thrones' returning in 2019, Sansa Stark says

    Hinting that Jamie could be one of them Waldau told Esquire, "The fear is that I would be turned into one of those undead". Not having Littlefinger as an ally (sometimes) will be hard , but Turner realizes this is also a defining Sansa moment.
    Global Resource Coin

    Global Resource Coin

    In addition, from the year 2018 GRC’s cryptocurrency rate is expected to grow due to its social usefulness and relevance. In order to do this, you need to have a considerable amount of money, a special financial education and a special license.
    Weekend that could determine the destination of the Premier League title

    Weekend that could determine the destination of the Premier League title

    Many neutrals are hoping to see a fitting ending to what has been a fairytale story that may even be turned into a box office film, such has been the feat of their achievements.

Comments

Other news