Former Senator Al Franken Says He Hasn’t ‘Ruled Out’ A Return To Politics

For someone like Al Franken, losing his powerful position as a US senator was the worst thing that could happen to him. He probably had plans to run for president at some point. That might be off the table now, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t still think about going back into politics.

CBS News in Minnesota reports:

WCCO Exclusive: Al Franken’s 1st Sit-Down Interview Since Senate Resignation

Sen. Al Franken returned to Minnesota for his first public appearance here since resigning from the U.S. Senate.

In an exclusive interview with WCCO-TV, he talked about how much he misses his old job.

Franken resigned from the Senate in January after #MeToo allegations from more than half a dozen women alleging unwanted touching.

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Franken was joined by three Minnesota members of Congress at the dedication of the new Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation. The old school campus was comprised of tin buildings that leaked, were rodent-infested, had heat that often failed in the winter, and plumbing that led to frequent sewage backups…

Franken was treated warmly at every turn. One young father remembers Franken’s repeated visits to the school, and like many on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation, he says he would like to see Franken return to public life.

When WCCO’s Esme Murphy asked him whether he plans to run for office again, he responded, “Well, see, if I say anything there you will put it in the story. I don’t know. I haven’t ruled it out, and I haven’t ruled it in.”

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If he thought the public had forgotten about his scandals, he would probably jump back into the pool in a matter of seconds.


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