Franken accusers say resignation speech was hypocritical

Franken accused of groping journalist at Media Matters party for Obama inauguration

Sen. Al Franken said on Thursday he would resign in the coming weeks after facing pressure from fellow Democratic lawmakers to step down following multiple sexual harassment allegations. "It was also quick; he knew exactly what he was doing", she added. But eight women now have come forward to say that Franken grabbed, groped or tried to kiss them.

The senator said he would fully cooperate with a Senate Ethics Committee investigation, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called for following the allegations. Surely the speech announcing his resignation was a chance for him to show contrition before the Senate, the country, and, perhaps most importantly, the women who had risked public shaming to report their experiences with him.

If Franken resigns, Minnesota will hold a special election to fill his vacant seat during the upcoming midterm elections. "We were finally beginning to listen to women about the ways in which men's actions affect them", he said.

Al Franken's Thursday resignation found critics in some Democrats who weren't eager to surrender one of their more personable elected officials and, unsurprisingly, Rosie O'Donnell was one of the voices crying foul.

"I felt like he was going to actually talk about the accusations against him", Menz said.

Despite the backlash, Kemplin said she has no regrets. While I do not celebrate Senator Franken's resignation, we can not tolerate hypocrisy. I froze. Then he squeezed. It will take effect sometime in the next few weeks.

Tweeden pointed to the seven other women who have come forward with stories of Franken's misconduct, saying that it's "between those women and God, who's lying".

Franken returns to work and says he knows he "let a lot of people down".

Regardless of Tweeden's past career moves (which were her own choices made with her own agency), the fact remains that she did not want to kiss Franken and she definitely did not want him to take a picture with him groping her breasts. If he is innocent as he claims (he says some of the allegations were untrue and he remembers the rest differently than his accusers) and if he is as confident that the Ethics Committee would vindicate him as he says, he shouldn't be resigning.

Franken was right about one thing: It is unfair (though not, perhaps, "an irony", as he put it) that he will leave the Senate and Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexually pursuing teenage girls, will probably enter it.

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