Mixed Reactions Locally to Franken Resignation

10 December, 2017, 04:17 | Author: Yolanda Murray
  • NEWS     Journalist accuses Franken of groping her in 2009     
       Yet another woman has come forward accusing Minnesota Senator Al Franken of sexual misconduct

It is unfair that he will resign and Donald Trump, who has been accused of harassment, assault, or other sexual misconduct by more than a dozen women, will remain the president. "It was also quick; he knew exactly what he was doing", she added.

Army veteran Stephanie Kemplin, who said Franken had groped her at a 2003 USO tour photo shoot, told CNN that the senator's remarks on Thursday were "very hurtful". Franken has specifically denied at least one of the allegations, and has responded less clearly, or not at all, to others, ABC News reports.

"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. Nevertheless, today I am announcing that in the coming weeks, I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate", Franken said from the Senate floor.

"It wasn't an apology, it was very defiant", she said.

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Sen. Franken (D-MN) was resigning after multiple women reported that he had groped or otherwise sexually harassed them.

"I'm disappointed with my friend Leeann Tweedon (sic)", Arnold wrote on Twitter, alleging her partner at radio station KABC, John Phillips, and political lobbyist Roger Stone "coached her for weeks to bring Al Franken down..." "We were finally beginning to listen to women about the ways in which men's actions affect them", he said. "But I know who I really am".

"I think his resignation was the best for the integrity of the office, because there is no integrity if we're not holding everyone accountable".

The "people like me" line is a reference to Franken's Saturday Night Live character Stuart Smalley, an awkward tv host who was known for stroking his own ego in a series called "Daily Affirmation". "The moment was long overdue. I was shocked. I was upset".

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Then on Wednesday, Politico reported a former Democratic congressional aide said Franken tried to kiss her forcibly in 2006. Franken repeatedly emphasized his respect for women. "I would do it all over again in a heartbeat", he said.

McCollum said that as the state moves forward she is confident that Minn.

Franken was right about one thing: It is unfair (though not, perhaps, "an irony", as he put it) that he will leave the Senate and Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexually pursuing teenage girls, will probably enter it.

"He's taking no ownership, and I just feel that he's calling all of us liars", she told the outlet. "It said, 'You don't matter-and I do.' He wanted to cop a feel and he demonstrated he didn't need my permission".

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