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Democrat Senators: Franken Shouldn’t Have Resigned!

Thomas Phippen on December 18, 2017

At least four Democratic senators say Minnesota Sen. Al Franken should reverse his decision to resign his seat in light of sexual harassment allegations.

Franken announced that he would resign after members of his own party called for his resignation following accusations that he groped several women before and during his time as senator, and several members now think he should stay.

“What they did to Al was atrocious, the Democrats,” West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin told Politico Sunday. Manchin doesn’t think Franken should have resigned in the first place. “I hope they have enough guts … and enough conscience and enough heart to say, ‘Al, we made a mistake asking prematurely for you to leave.’”

Franken announced he would resign December 7, the day after several dozen senators of his own party asked him to step down. Prior to the public calls for his ouster, most Democrats suggested Franken should wait for the results of a Senate Ethics Committee investigation into his behavior.

After Franken announced he would leave in speech at the Capitol, where he did not admit to any wrongdoing, multiple women who asked Franken to resign were visibly saddened and gave him hugs as he left the podium.

“The most hypocritical thing I’ve ever seen done to a human being — and then have enough guts to sit on the floor, watch him give his speech and go over and hug him? That’s hypocrisy at the highest level I’ve ever seen in my life. Made me sick,” Manchin said.

Los Angeles news anchor Leeann Tweeden accused Franken in late November of groping and forcibly kissing her during USO tour in 2006, and several other women have since stepped forward to accuse Franken of grabbing them inappropriately, frequently while posing for pictures.

Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy, who issued a statement asking Franken to step down, has since told the Minnesota Democrat that he regrets his decision, sources familiar with the conversation told Politico.

Sen. Kristen Gillibrand of New York, one of the women who asked Franken to resign, may still think Franken needs to go, according to sources close to her. “She has said, ‘He was entitled to a process, but he was not entitled to my silence,’” one person who spoke with Gillibrand told Politico.

Franken hasn’t said when he would resign, and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has already announced that he would appoint Tina Smith to the seat.

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  • That obese old guy. The only way he could get attention is to harass a women and hope she gives in.

  • I guess innocent until proven guilty has been thrown out the window. Accusations and your guilty....

  • FRankenstein should not only resign, but lose his big pension and healthcare too. Let him collect social security and be on Medicare just like the rest of us pee-ons have to.

  • Yes, he should have, and he shouldn't have fought about it. Unlike the Roy Moore thing (which everyone who pays any attention knows that all his accusers were paid by a certain lawyer to make the accusations), There is hard evidence, ie., a photograph, that Franken groped a sleeping woman on a plane.

  • For a group of liberals, who didn't have an issue with decades of Bill Clinton's, the Kennedy men, Kerry or John Edwards, they're surrounded by sexual assaults and harassment allegation, it just shows their hypocrisy. I told everyone last week that this was about Roy Moore and stopping him from getting elected. They needed to appear to have the moral high ground. As soon as Moore lost, I immediately knew Frankenstein would keep his seat. It's ironic that almost all of these sexual allegation are all liberal democrats, the MSM and their Hollywood supporters, because even their victims are all liberals. I watched a few minutes of The Morning Joe and listened to that airhead Mika say she believe Al Frankenstein accusers were all lying. But, how does that fit with the physical evidence of photographs of him groping a woman and the video of him sticking his unwanted tongue down a womans throat BECAUSE it was for laughs.

  • Yes, he should have, and he shouldn't have fought about it. Unlike the Roy Moore thing (which everyone who pays any attention knows that all his accusers were paid by a certain lawyer to make the accusations), There is hard evidence, ie., a photograph, that Franken groped a sleeping woman on a plane.

  • Al Franken's resignation was the safety valve that would have allowed the Dumbascaps to raise holy hell had Judge Roy Moore won Alabama. Moore's loss no longer requires Franken to be the sacrificial lamb for the party, so they all jump on the bandwagon to have it both ways and retain his vote...

  • One of the tawdriest little plays in the history of the Democrat party. And that's saying something.

  • One of the tawdriest little plays in the history of the Democrat party. And that's saying something.

  • I knew that slime ball was up to something when he said he would stay on for a few weeks. I bet this whole thing is planned with the Democrats planning to ask him to stay on. The question is did he resign when he made his heartfelt speech or is he still officially in office,i.e., he said he just intended to resign in a few weeks, which he hasn't done yet.

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