The Franken situation is a real problem for Democrats. They like him and don’t really want him to resign, but if he doesn’t it makes them look like a bunch of hypocrites. People are also wondering how well he will be able to do his job.
The Star Tribune reports:
Sidelined by scandal, Sen. Al Franken faces questions about ability to do his job
Asked Saturday whether Franken would resign, a spokesperson for the senator responded: “No.”
“He is spending time with his family in Washington, D.C., and will be through the Thanksgiving holiday,” the staffer said by text, “and he’s doing a lot of reflecting.”
The woman in the photo, broadcaster Leeann Tweeden, wrote a detailed account of her 2006 USO holiday tour with Franken, the former “Saturday Night Live” comedian and political satirist who at that time was still months away from launching his Minnesota Senate bid. Franken, she said, pressured her into performing a comedy skit with him, then wrote a kiss into the act, then forced a kiss on her backstage in what he called a “rehearsal.”
The senator, who is 66 and has been married to wife Franni Bryson since 1975, put out two public apologies and wrote a personal one to Tweeden, who said she accepted it…
Amid the national uproar, Franken skipped Thursday’s votes in the Senate and canceled several public appearances.
They can keep him of they want but there will be political consequences.