Al Franken did not actually resign today. He announced his intention to resign in coming weeks. He is obviously waiting to see the outcome of the Alabama election. It won’t make any difference though because so many Democrats have already thrown him under the bus.
The Star Tribune reports:
Sen. Al Franken to leave U.S. Senate, says he can no longer be effective
Sen. Al Franken said he would resign from the U.S. Senate on Thursday following mounting allegations of sexual harassment and loss of support by fellow Democrats, a stunning and rapid fall for a Minnesota politician who followed decades as a successful TV comic with a rise to the highest echelons of U.S. political power.
“Minnesotans deserve a senator who can focus with all her energy on addressing the issues they face every day,” Franken said in speech late Thursday morning on the floor of the U.S. Senate. He said he would resign “in the coming weeks.” A spokesman later said there was not yet a set timeline for Franken to resign and that he would continue to perform regular Senate duties in the meantime.
While he bowed to political reality, saying he could no longer be effective, Franken sought to clear his own name.
“I know there’s been a very different picture of me painted through the last few weeks, but I know who I really am,” Franken said. Of the claims against him by more than half a dozen women, he said: “Some of the allegations aren’t true. Others I remember differently.”
Watch the video:
After watching the Sen. Al Franken resignation speech,
he obviously isn’t sorry and obviously thinks he did nothing wrong.
Sick person! 😡
— TrumpsBlonde™ Angie🎁 (@TrumpsBlonde) December 7, 2017