Al Franken finally spoke to reporters today. The Minnesota Democrat claimed he was ashamed but did not resign and even said he’s looking forward to getting back to work.
The Associated Press reports:
Franken ashamed amid groping claims, will return to work
Minnesota Sen. Al Franken broke his silence Sunday after being swept into a nationwide tide of sexual harassment allegations, saying he feels “embarrassed and ashamed” but looks forward to returning to work on Monday and gradually regaining voters’ trust.
The Democrat spoke to a handful of media outlets in Minnesota in the first interviews he’s granted after four women publicly accused him of misconduct. Franken’s staff didn’t respond to repeated interview requests from The Associated Press.
Three women allege that Franken grabbed their buttocks while taking photos with them during campaign events. Franken told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he doesn’t remember the photographs but that such behavior is “not something I would intentionally do.”
Asked whether he expected any other women to step forward with similar allegations, Franken said: “If you had asked me two weeks ago, ‘Would any woman say I had treated her with disrespect?’ I would have said no. So this has just caught me by surprise … I certainly hope not.”
How is he going to effectively do his job with this hanging over his head?