Senator Al Franken (D- Minn) says he will be resigning in the coming weeks amid numerous accusations of sexual misconduct. Franken made the announcement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate.
Senator Franken believed that the ethics committee would have been the best move forward to handle the accusations of at least 8 women. He says “I know who I am and serving in the Senate has been a great honor and he has done nothing dishonorable as a Senator.” All the allegations against Franken occurred before he was elected to the Senate.
Franken said it’s ironic that he is leaving, quote — “while a man who has bragged on tape about assaulting women is in the Oval Office.” He also ripped Republicans for supporting Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. Franken said Moore has “repeatedly preyed on young girls.”
It is unclear who will hold the seat next. Franken says this has been a rough two weeks for him, but he is lucky and has a beautiful, healthy family that loves him.
The Minnesota Democrat has come under growing pressure to resign after embattled Congressman John Conyers retired effective immediately earlier this week.
“Enough is enough,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said at a news conference. “We need to draw a line in the sand and say none of it is okay, none of it is acceptable. We as elected leaders should absolutely be held to a higher standard, not a lower standard, and we should fundamentally be valuing women. That is where this debate has to go.”
Franken has apologized for the encounters, which occurred before he became a senator. Some woman have claimed he engaged in unwanted touching and forcible kissing.
The 66-year-old has represented Minnesota in the Senate since 2009.