Al Franken To Announce Resignation Tomorrow, Democratic Official Confirms

Update: Al Franken has responded by denying the MPR report in a tweet...

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Update: A Democratic official who has spoken to Al Franken and key aides says Franken will resign his Minnesota Senate seat on Thursday, the official tells Minnesota Public Radio News.

The official spoke to Franken and separately to Franken's staff. A staff member told the official that Franken had gone to his Washington home to discuss his plans with family.

MPR News agreed to withhold the official's name because the official wanted to give Franken the chance to talk about his decision in his own words.

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Update: 11 Senate Democrats and DNC Chair Tom Perez have now demanded Franken's resignation and his office says in a brief e-mailed statement, Sen. Al Franken will make an announcement tomorrow, without further detail on what the announcement would be.

  • Sen. Gillibrand
  • Sen. Hirono
  • Sen. McCaskill
  • Sen. Hassan
  • Sen. Harris
  • Sen. Murray
  • Sen. Baldwin
  • Sen. Casey
  • Sen. Donnelly
  • Sen. Brown
  • Sen. Stabenow

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As we detailed earlier, following reports of more sexual misconduct allegations, Senator Al Franken is facing a revolt among his female Senate 'collegaues' as seven female senators are demanding his resignation... "let someone else serve!"

Despite his apology and genuflection, further allegation shave appeared and that appears to have been the tipping point for Franken's peers.

As Bloomberg reports, within minutes of each other, seven female senators - Senators Patty Murray of Washington, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii,  Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Kamala Harris of California, and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconisn - and three males (Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, and Joe Donnelly of Indiana) posted messages on Facebook and Twitter saying Franken of Minnesota must resign.

We suspect in the interst of virtue-signaling that every female Democratic Senator will quickly pile on.

"I consider Senator Franken to be a friend and have enjoyed working with him in the Senate in our shared fight to help American families," Gillibrand wrote on Facebook.

 

"I have been shocked and disappointed to learn over the last few weeks that a colleague I am fond of personally has engaged in behavior towards women that is unacceptable,"

 

"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."

"Sexual harassment and misconduct should not be allowed by anyone and should not occur anywhere. I believe the best thing for Senator Franken to do is step down," Harris said in her statement.

Franken has been accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct.

Comments

thebigunit Dec 7, 2017 3:13 PM Permalink

Pay attention folks.  Al Franken DID NOT RESIGN from the U.S. Senate today.

Al Franken To Announce Resignation Tomorrow,

He announced that he would resign from the Senate in "several weeks".In the meantime, he is still a VOTING MEMBER OF THE U.S. SENATE.AND . . . he could change his mind about resigning.Senators can change the minds, right?It was a NON-RESIGNATION.

Occams_Razor_Trader Dec 7, 2017 11:09 AM Permalink

Franken is disposable.Don't kid yourself- they're comming for Trump.As the 'collusion' story falls apart- the groping accusations will creshendo calling for Trumps resignation.Impeachment proceedings- somehow- anyhow! 

Arrest Hillary Dec 7, 2017 7:05 AM Permalink

FOIA is a sick joke .... the fact that such legislation was even necessary speaks volumes .... and now the fact that FOIA exists .... makes getting the truth out even harder .... we can't even find out who was paid off for sexual harrassment .... that should take 5 minutes .... and not require any special legislation .... it's our money .... if "corporations" or private citizens behaved this way .... jail time ?

MrBoompi Dec 6, 2017 9:21 PM Permalink

I noticed these gutless senators failed to reveal the names of their fellow congress members who were responsible for the $17 million in taxpayer money being paid out to their victims.  It's pretty easy to jump on the bandwagon.  How brave.  Franken's career was over anyway so good riddance.  

Hope Copy Dec 6, 2017 8:48 PM Permalink

Franken can not hold on to his seat, thus the Democrats are ousting him to get the appointed person in  for name recognition and lessen the running costs, thus upping their chances to retain the seat as Democrat.

1936ryer Dec 6, 2017 8:17 PM Permalink

Al Franken voted against his constituents in Minnesota when in the Super Pact he cast his vote for Hillary.  This guy is a fake liberal scum bag and deserves to get the boot.  He is just like every other fucking asshole on Saturday night live that paints the Democrates as all good and trying and the Republicans as the bad party that if we could just get rid of them everything would be alright.  Obama's first two years proved this to be the fallacy that it is -- with having both houses and the presidency the only thing Obama did was save the banks -- It was not until the Dems lost control of the House that he started to try to get a decent health care bill passed ( also lying to people and not having the single payer option)  GET THIS THE REPUBLICANS AND THE DEMOCRATES ARE THE SAME -- IT IS ALL THEATHER -- THEY ARE ONE BIG CLUB AND YOU AINT IN IT.  Wake the fuck up already  - the country is ruled by a deep state olichachy.

1936ryer Dec 6, 2017 8:17 PM Permalink

Al Franken voted against his constituents in Minnesota when in the Super Pact he cast his vote for Hillary.  This guy is a fake liberal scum bag and deserves to get the boot.  He is just like every other fucking asshole on Saturday night live that paints the Democrates as all good and trying and the Republicans as the bad party that if we could just get rid of them everything would be alright.  Obama's first two years proved this to be the fallacy that it is -- with having both houses and the presidency the only thing Obama did was save the banks -- It was not until the Dems lost control of the House that he started to try to get a decent health care bill passed ( also lying to people and not having the single payer option)  GET THIS THE REPUBLICANS AND THE DEMOCRATES ARE THE SAME -- IT IS ALL THEATHER -- THEY ARE ONE BIG CLUB AND YOU AINT IN IT.  Wake the fuck up already  - the country is ruled by a deep state olichachy.

G-R-U-N-T Dec 6, 2017 7:30 PM Permalink

I suggest PA (pervert's anonymous) for a fast and speedy recovery Al! But you must be honest with step 1:'Admitted we were powerless over our perversion and that our perverted life has become unmanageable.'  

Tachyon5321 Dec 6, 2017 7:27 PM Permalink

No way should Al Franken quit because no one has asked Sen Elizabeth "Pocahontas" Warren to resign...Nor has TeamHillary had a problem with all the victims of Bill Clinton. Where were they, when it was clear Hillary should have stepped aside for Bernie...  All double standard

loveyajimbo Dec 6, 2017 7:08 PM Permalink

Franken has always been a toad... even looks like one.But, MN is the FAR left state that loves to import radical islamist shitbags... so no big shock that those douchebags would elect such a maggot...

Mzhen Dec 6, 2017 6:57 PM Permalink

Bets that Franken does something completely classless tomorrow and says that December 7th is a date which will live in infamy, but . . . something, something?

LadyAtZero Dec 6, 2017 6:54 PM Permalink

So... all of a sudden, he is spending a lot of time at home with his wife, Franny.My guess is that their conversations are a bit uncomfortable.But in Minnesota, they can ALWAYS talk about the weather. 

RealOlist Dec 6, 2017 6:43 PM Permalink

My guess is that he wasn't very popular with a lot of the other Senators and they will be glad to be rid of him. Getting a man-hating fembo in his seat is what they are really excited about.  

Lord Raglan Dec 6, 2017 6:28 PM Permalink

He must not like being a Senator or he wouldn't go down so easily.  His conduct wasn't nearly as bad as Conyers, who stuck his tongue down an employee's throat in his office while in his underwear and who allegedly shoved his hand up a lady's thigh in Church.  Franken just thinks he's funny---or wants to be---and he isn't.  He's really quire a tragic soul.  Good riddance.  Because he's not funny, I'm sure SNL will take him back.  That's the prerequisite for being on the show in my view........