Democartic US Senator’s ask Franken to resign….Update..He’s stepping down

I have said all along that Franken should step aside after Trump and Moore do….They have done thing more serious…

But it appears that some of his colleagues aren’t in agreement with this….

And are giving cover fire to the Republicans…

Seven female senators on Wednesday called on Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) to resign in the wake of multiple sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was the first of Franken’s fellow Senate Democrats to take that step and was quickly followed by Democratic Sens. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Patty Murray of Washington, Kamala Harris of California and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) also called on Franken to resign.

“While Senator Franken is entitled to have the Ethics Committee conclude its review, I believe it would be better for our country if he sent a clear message that any kind of mistreatment of women in our society isn’t acceptable by stepping aside to let someone else serve,” Gillibrand said in a Facebook post.

The calls came after POLITICO reportedthat a former Democratic congressional aide said he tried to forcibly kiss her after a taping of his radio show in 2006, three years before he became a U.S. senator. Franken, who had previously been accused by six other women of groping or trying to forcibly kiss them, denied the accusation….

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D base is trending toward zero tolerance, R base trending toward Trump/Moore. They’re facing opposite currents.

Just 45% of Dems approved of how their party was handling sexual harassment prior to Conyers resigning and this Franken news (Q poll)

91 thoughts on “Democartic US Senator’s ask Franken to resign….Update..He’s stepping down”

  1. So apparently the Trent Frank’s story revolves around his employees being uncomfortable after he asked if they would be willing to be surrogate mothers for he and his wife. Not a good idea for a boss to ask a worker to carry his baby.
    It’s said that Paul Ryan was instrumental in getting Franks to resign. Yet he and McConnell are spineless when it comes to Trump and Moore

  2. Republican strategist Margaret Hoover saying that almost no Republicans in the Senate or House are actually speaking out against Moore. Basically says most of them are cowards. I agree. This woman makes a living from the Republican Party–yet our commenter here refuses to condemn a large part of a party he
    Claims not to even be a member of anymore. Weird.

  3. Jack Kingston, former GOP Congressman from GA giving a tortured defense of Roy Moore on CNN now–basically said only one accuser was 14.
    A few weeks ago I would have pegged Kingston as one of the conservative Republicans who would chastise Moore–now he’s on board.

  4. It’s mostly a problem for Doug Jones, as I said, since he is the one on the ballot on Tuesday and I imagine he would like to win.

    I also believe that Schumer and other Senate Democrats are not pleased with the tenor of Franken’s bitter and unremorseful remarks nor his willingness to “resign immediately” as they publicly called on him to do yesterday.

    But to be clear, I have maintained throughout that Roy Moore would be a problem for Republicans.

    Scott is comparing apples to pineapples here. It’s very odd logic. It is not the fault of Democrats or Democrat voters that Franken abused women, especially since nearly all of the women were Democrats (sort of like how most of Moore’s victims apparently grew up to vote Republican), but that such “bad apples” in their midst would be a political problem for both parties.

  5. So let me get this straight–CG thinks its not right to associate all Republicans with. Roy Moore even though he is still the GOP nominee supported by the Republican President and the RNC

    Meanwhile Franken resigns after being pushed out by the vast majority of the Democratic caucus but since his resignation speech isn’t contrite enough it’s a probeen for all Democrats.

    That’s some pretzel logic there. And very Republican!

  6. The Republicans should nominate Michelle Bachmann.
    Other than the pedophilia she’d be a Northern Roy Moore. Crazy, bigoted and stupid. Just the direction the Republican party is going.

    1. Oh SHIT!….

      …twitter….

      Michael Trujillo‏
      @mikehtrujillo
      SOURCES: @CNN and @washingtonpost working on exposing 20-30 congressional members 4 sexual harassment. #DC

      1. Rep. Trent Franks expected to resign
        By POLITICO STAFF

        Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) is expected to resign, according to a Republican operative informed on the congressman’s decision.

        Franks was first elected in 2002 and considered a 2012 Senate bid before deciding against it. Frank’s 8th District in Arizona backed President Donald Trump by 21 points in 2016….

        Link…

  7. The words “sorry” or “apologize” do not appear a single time in the text of his floor speech. That says it all and it is not going to go unnoted by people on both sides of the aisle.

    I will return sometime in the coming hours.

    1. …twitter…

      Benjy Sarlin
      @BenjySarlin
      . @SenWhitehouse statement on Franken: “The American people should take notice of national Republicans’ support for a morally degraded Senate candidate in Alabama and a President in the Oval Office facing equally credible charges.”

      1. Things getting REAL for the Democratic consequences of Franken quitting….

        …twitter…

        Larry Sabato‏
        @LarrySabato
        Larry Sabato Retweeted David Byler
        Our team at the Crystal Ball agrees. That’s why we rate the open Franken seat in MN as Leans D. BUT a savage D primary and a shrewd R choice could change that. Those are 2 big assumptions, though. That’s why for now it is Leans D.

        David Byler‏
        @databyler
        Minnesota is the sort of state where an R or D could win in an even year. But 2018 doesn’t look like it’ll be an even year —> D advantage in MN-SEN imo

  8. From a quick check online I see two kinds of people obsessed with Franken’s resignation–right wing. Republican supporters of Trump and Moore who still hate Franken And Democrats no matter what–and CG.

    Maybe they aren’t so different after all

    Gotta get to work. Enjoy your obsession.

  9. Does his pension increase if he is technically in office in 2018?

    I’m calling it right now. If Roy Moore wins, he is going attempt to back out of the resignation.

  10. Since he called the women liars on the Senate floor, they can’t sue him for libel. A little trick he learned from Harry Reid.

  11. Somewhere, Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose and a bunch of other people are wondering where there “coming weeks” went.

  12. Franken also left little doubt from his floor speech that he wants people to know that the women who accused him were lying. That’s what Trump says too and Moore will just say the same.

    Maybe they are liars and maybe Al Franken is the unluckiest person on the planet but it just seems odd why liberal writers and Democrat Congressional aides and supporters of his who took photos with him are all conspiring against him now. Plus, there is that photo..

  13. “The full effect”

    The headlines will read “Franken Resigns” that’s it.

    Do you really think any Alabama voter is going to say “well I was all set to vote for Doug Jones but now that that handsy liberal Senator from Minnesota who used to be on SNL from isn’t leaving till the end of the month instead of in the next 15 minutes I got no choice but to vote for the child molester!”

    Not everyone–and by that I mean no one– is as obsessed with the fate of Al Franken as you are.

  14. I’m looking at this through the prism of “what is going to make it most likely for Roy Moore to lose.” Why does he have to wait several weeks? I am sure the DFL was hoping that their new Senator would at least be one up on the seniority chart than whomever Alabama picks, but that is not going to happen apparently.

    I thought Sen. Franken, even in this difficult moment, could be of some assistance to the country.

  15. Is the “next few weeks” designed to give him some wiggle room? So that if Moore wins, he can say he doesn’t have to resign now?

    He messed this up too. He needed to go before the Alabama election in order for the action to have the full effect. Schumer can’t be happy.

  16. I had to go downstairs and watch it live. Been a long time coming.

    He says he is resigning in the “coming weeks.” What’s that about? All the calls for him from his party to resign yesterday said he should do it immediately. The issue is that the Alabama election is on Tuesday not in the “coming weeks.”

    Also, a theme of his remarks seemed to be that women should be believed, except for those who accused him. They are liars. Well, if he has nothing to hide, he should take a public lie detector test (as should Moore). Pictures say a thousand words though.

  17. It appears that Al Franken will resign today. And while I support a process to investigate and make a ruling on this type of issue, it appears that Congress, especially this Congress, is not capable of actually managing this issue as it applies to all of the men accused of sexual misconduct.

    So, what will happen now to Joe “have you seen the pictures of my dick” Barton and Blake “pajama boy” Farenthold now that the Democrats are standing up to hold its membership accountable? Especially since Nancy has gotten Conyers to resign his seat.

    And what will Mitch McConnell do about Roy Moore if he is elected?

    I think we all know the answer to those questions. The Republicans are very willing to help send a child molester to the Senate if it will help them maintain their craven “save the rich” agenda.

    And, if we need to re-litigate the Bill Clinton matter should we also talk about Poppy Bush’s roaming hands or ask Clarence Thomas to resign from the Supreme Court?

        1. ‘On the worst day of my political life….it’s worth it….i’d Do it again in a heartbeat’…..

          Al Franken

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