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.


Gap Admirer Shitonya Serfs Wed, 12/06/2017 - 12:09 Permalink

Yeah, be sure to resign **before** the Alabama Senate vote takes place to show that it's not about grandstanding. After the Senate election the "demands to resign" will suddenly stop.

BTW - I have no idea whether what Roy Moore did 40 years ago is true or not. But I do believe that it was at the creepy level, not heinous crimes. Not one accusation of wanting to date young, but legal age, females in the last 40 years has come out.

When I was 20 (roughly) I though that it was creepy when my best friend started perusing a 16 year old. I don't hold that over his head today. She was over the top hot and didn't know it.

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IH8OBAMA Joe Davola Wed, 12/06/2017 - 13:27 Permalink

Here is the thinking from both sides for what's going on here.DEMOCRATS: Get Franken to resign and the Dem Governor will just appoint another Dem to his seat.  But it may put pressure on Moore to drop out of the Alabama race and help the Dem to win there.REPUBLICANS: If Moore can get elected, then it doesn't matter if the outrage nationally is so great that he has to resign.  The Alabama Governor will appoint another Republican to the seat which is better than letting the Democrat win.  Republicans would actually rather Franken stay in office so they have a target when he comes up for re-election. 

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knukles jcaz Wed, 12/06/2017 - 12:55 Permalink

Lemme tell y'all sumptin' ....  I'm a gonna guess that .....There's no way under the sun that Kamila Harris would not have ripped his face off physically.  I have met her and don't believe one minute that she plays a role of helpless female.  No fucking way.  And Sen Al don't mean shit to her political career.  She's been built and trained in CA.She's joining the meetoo brigade because of her pending nomination for Democratic Presidential candidate in 2020Now, the question before the house is; is a woman tough enough to be president if she cannot fend off a sexual predator?No.Y'all know that and so do I.Run Kamila, Run. 

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farflungstar knukles Wed, 12/06/2017 - 17:12 Permalink

A nigger female President?By and large nigger females are the dumbest and most useless part of our American society. Unless it's popping out welfare niglets with multiple baby daddies.Even the supposed "smart" ones are dumb as shit. I live in NYC and know my fair share of overhyped titsona broads who think they are just God's Gift to the world.I think 8 years of Obama, plus BLM violence gave everyone nigger fatigue - not saying you're wrong - a nigger on the ticket is the only way they will get off their asses to vote. 

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STP nmewn Wed, 12/06/2017 - 15:24 Permalink

Naah, in between moral outrage and anything anti-American that appeals to her at the moment, Dianne Goldman Berman Feinstein too busy counting the hundreds of millions of dollars her Hubby, brings in.  It must be nice to be connected.2009 the day the new Congress convened this year, Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation to route $25 billion in taxpayer money to a government agency that had just awarded her husband’s real estate firm a lucrative contract to sell foreclosed properties at compensation rates higher than the industry norms Feinstein's husband wins near-billion dollar California 'high speed rail' contract’s husband, Richard C. Blum, is chairman of C.B. Richard Ellis, or CBRE, the real estate firm hired in 2011 to serve as the exclusive agent to the Postal Service, selling facilities from post offices to plots of land worth hundreds of millions of dollars.    

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