Senator Al Franken is trying to power through his sexual misconduct scandal.
As you’ve likely heard, the Minnesota comedian-turned-politician has been accused of misconduct as four women have come forward with specifics about unsavory encounters.
It all started when radio news anchor Leeann Tweeden accused Al of forcibly kissing her during a ’06 USO Tour show rehearsal AND of groping her for a photo while she slept (an accompanying photo shows the Saturday Night Live alum miming grabbing her breasts).
Since then, three additional women then came forward with claims that the senator groped them during meet-and-greet events in ’07, ’08, and ’10.
“I take thousands and thousands of pictures, sometimes in chaotic and crowded situations. I can’t say I haven’t done that. I’m very sorry if these women experienced that.”
In response to the damning accusations, Franken vowed he’d be “a lot more sensitive, and a lot more careful” during photo ops. The scandalized democrat noted:
“I’m going to make sure that this does not happen again.”
See the whole interview (below):
This sit down was one of many Franken conducted with Minnesota based outlets over the weekend. Franken uttered similar non-denial denial sentiments to publications like the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Minnesota Public Radio. While Al stayed vague about the groping allegations — claiming it was “not something [he] would intentionally do” — he DID dub the Tweeden photo as “inexcusable.”
Despite the alleged bad behavior, it’s clear that Al has little intention to step down from his position. During a recent press conference at his office, Al told the press:
“I’m not going to get into to that … I’ve been trying to take responsibility by apologizing, and by apologizing to the people I’ve let down. I’m going to work to regain their trust.”
Q: What kind of behavior demands a resignation?
Sen. Al Franken: “I’m not going to get into to that … I’ve been trying to take responsibility by apologizing, and by apologizing to the people I’ve let down. I’m going to work to regain their trust.” https://t.co/QYvTBLsc1q
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 27, 2017
Thankfully, the 66-year-old avoided victim blaming by refusing to attack the specifics of Leeann’s claim. He continued:
“I said that I recalled that differently from Leeann, but I feel that you have to respect womens’ experience, and so I apologized to her. And I meant it, and I’m very grateful that she accepted it.”
Franken on USO tour interaction with Leeann Tweeden:
“I said that I recalled that differently from Leeann, but I feel that you have to respect womens’ experience, and so I apologized to her. And I meant it, and I’m very grateful that she accepted it.” https://t.co/kMBbcyDkLz
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) November 27, 2017
Well said. But is it enough?
The senator officially returned to work on Monday — as he previously missed votes back when the sexual harassment controversy broke. It’s said Al plans to focus his time on proposed tax legislation and will ask questions about how it’ll “affect Minnesota and the rest of the country in a terrible way.”
Hopefully, Franken can follow through on his promise to be “a better public servant and a better man.”
Do YOU think he should step down? Or wait for the Ethics Committee’s decision??