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Prominent Minnesota Democrats Call on Al Franken to Resign

Roy Moore is breathing a sigh of relief this week after news of liberal Democrat Sen. Al Franken’s groping scandal hit Capitol Hill.

Though it’s almost certainly too little, too late to save Moore’s dumpster fire of a campaign, Franken’s brush fire demonstrates that it’s not just a Republican trend.

Democrats have been using Moore’s nosedive as an opportunity to crow about how the Senate will almost certainly flip to their control next year.

But now some prominent Minnesota Democrats are joining calls for Franken to step down.

As the saying goes, “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,” and reports from DC are that harassment scorn is a way of life on the Hill.

In the wake of the Weinstein-inspired firestorm, it’s anyone’s guess how things will look after we sift through all the ashes.

Here’s more from Washington Times…

Two prominent members of Minnesota’s Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party are calling on Sen. Al Franken to resign his Senate seat following allegations of sexual misconduct.

Although many other Democrats have called the former comedian’s actions disturbing, state auditor Rebecca Otto and Megan Thomas, president of the party’s official Feminist Caucus, say he should leave office.

The allegations were made Thursday morning by radio host Leeann Tweeden, who said Franken harassed her during a 2006 USO trip to the Middle East, before he was elected to the Senate in 2008.

Tweeden said Franken wrote a play to be performed in front of troops featuring a kiss, and then forced his tongue into her mouth after insisting on practice. A photo also shows a grinning Franken’s hands over Tweeden’s breasts while she was asleep.

Otto, a candidate for governor in Minnesota, said in a statement that “I believe it’s in the best interest of Minnesotans and of women everywhere for Senator Franken to resign, and to set an example to powerful men across America that sexual harassment will not be tolerated.”

Thomas, meanwhile, told the Washington Examiner that Franken’s misconduct was “every woman’s nightmare on a bus.” In a Facebook post, the longtime party organizer wrote that while she appreciated his progressive vote record, the fear Franken will instill in women is enough reason for his departure.

“The ‘political’ answer is to wait and not overreact. But I also know that the next time I see him in person I will, however fleeting or unneeded, be afraid because of what he is doing in that picture. No one should fear their elected representatives, so, sadly, for me, I think the Senator should resign,” she wrote.


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