Senator Al Franken Officially Confirms His Resignation In Senate Speech

Update (11:55AM EST): After weeks of speculation, the #MeToo movement has just claimed its latest conquest with Senator Al Franken of Minnesota officially confirming his resignation on the Senate floor.

“Today I am announcing that in the coming weeks I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate.”

Of course, Franken's resignation came only after he once again denied the validity of the allegations against him saying "some of the allegations against me are simply not true. Others I remember differently."

It's unclear if Franken recalls this picture "differently"...


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Yesterday, following the "retirement" of John Conyers (D-MI), the chants for Senator Al Franken to follow suit reached a fevered pitch on the suggestion that anything less would simply be racist.  The chaos gradually escalated throughout the day with Minnesota Public Radio eventually "confirming" that Franken would resign today...a confirmation that Franken subsequently denied (we covered the chaos here). 

Now, The Hill is seemingly once again "confirming" an imminent resignation by reporting that Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton would likely tap Lt. Governor Tina Smith to replace Franken should he choose to resign in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations.

Alas, the back and forth suspense over Franken's future in the Senate has nearly come to an end as he is set to deliver a speech on the Senate floor at 11:45AM EST.

So what say you?  Will Franken remain defiant amid growing calls for his resignation or step down in disgrace?  Tune in below to find out...


Joe Davola ACP Thu, 12/07/2017 - 12:11 Permalink

IH80 described the politics exactly yesterda - he resigns, democratic governor of Minnesota appoints a DFL to the seat.  Converse of that is:  Moore wins, resigns some time next year and the republican governor appoints a R to the seat there.  This is why every election matters.

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Carl Spackler ACP Thu, 12/07/2017 - 14:18 Permalink

He has NOT resigned! Read his speech... he said he MAY announce that he is resigning.

It’s a P.R. Stunt designed to influence the Roy Moore election.

He then went on to berate the women accusing him of sexual harassment.

It’s all b.s. designed to obfuscate.

After Moore wins, he will not be resigning.

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WOAR Bring the Gold Sat, 12/09/2017 - 09:38 Permalink

Anyone remember those allegations against Hermann Cain? You know, the black republican with the 9.99 plan? I can't seem to remember how those allegations played out after he dropped out of the race...I wonder why.You are an idiot if you think any of this matters, true or false. Dems are simply being hoisted by their own virtue signaling petard, and Republicans are increasingly dropping religion and demanding economic results. They no longer care if Roy Moore was after younger girls - it was the 70's, a free love future, flower girls were everywhere, etc. You are witnessing the transformation of politics - Dems are the new prudes, and Republicans are the vanguards of vulgarity.Vulgar wins, every time. Welcome to the Culture WOAR.

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Bring the Gold BarkingCat Thu, 12/07/2017 - 14:04 Permalink

I agree. Just one HALF of the swamp. The bad half, the Dem half. Bringing in Deep State operatives who basically invented the Deep State like Ollie North puts the lie. But all you sweet innocent people keep believing that Trump is good and the republicans are good. They have the helm and what have they done so far? What are their future plans? I'm excited. 2018 will be for partisan republicans what 2016 was for partisan Dems. All you chuckle fucks will have a rude awakening. Turns out it's class warfare of the ultra wealthy on everyone else and stupid idiots like Roy Moore supporters will learn that the hard way.

I recognize some of you support fascist theocracy and I actually give props to all the Storm front types who own it. At least you know what you're voting for and what you want. People who don't hold those values getting duped yet again is just hilarious. Someday you guys will wake up bereft of what you thought you'd get and you will see all your perceived "enemies" are nowhere near the levers of power and all the guys you thought were on your side will laugh as they zip up while you lay on your chest bent over the barrel wondering what happened.

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Son of Captain Nemo nmewn Thu, 12/07/2017 - 13:20 Permalink

No worries nmew!...

The Tribe "won" 16+ years and counting!... It was a team effort by the "usual suspects" which are ethnically unbiased as long as they all use the same "printing press"!

And just like 16 years ago, IT'S TIME TO DANCE (!

Might as well broadcast a HAPPY NEW YEAR where we're headed... Because what we're seeing the U.S. DoD and the IOF - Israeli Offense Force doing we may not be doin too much celebrating at the end of 3 weeks!!!

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Endgame Napoleon Joe Davola Thu, 12/07/2017 - 12:17 Permalink

Al’s flippant comment favoring unlicensed momma insurance navigators who [do NOT meet their quotas], likely because of mom-gang excused absenteeism, greatly annoyed me. This undermines all of the people who pay the state for licensing and jump through tons of recurring testing and cost hoops and then are often restricted to straight-commission pyramid sales with sporadic pay, expenses no benefits.

But it is hypocritical to diss Franken while defending other men guilty of jocular, silly sex antics in workplaces that are often anything but professional across the board—VERY much including the workplaces dominated by WOMEN. Moms in most workplaces are doing incredible things, like taking whole mornings, whole afternoons, whole days and whole weeks off beyond PTO and multiple pregnancy leaves with zero repercussions because of their back-watching cliques.

I have had deeply unprofessional moms do everything to bully me out the door from singing a mocking song about me in a training class to a so-called manager telling me the prize for her baby-mommy-look-alike-bulletin-board-decorating contest in her den of frequently absentee financial services mom workers was to “get [me] down in the floor and smear Vaseline all over my shiny, exfoliated face.”

Women are [total near-100% hypocrites] on the issue of professionalism in workplaces—[bold] hypocrites who get away with it because they can afford to work for beans due to spousal income, child support that covers rent or free rent, free groceries, monthly cash assistance, free electricity and tax-welfare checks called child tax credits between $3,400 and $6,318.

Because of that unearned income for womb productivity, they can work for less. They are also allowed to overtly discriminate, staffing with nearly 100% back-watching moms and taking turns taking a ton of time off when they aren’t overlapping in their absenteeism. They let the few non moms keep their numbers up before churning them.

They also often work part time to stay below the income limits for welfare. This drives wages and hours down for people with just earned-only income to cover all household bills. People like Al Franken favor this jacked-up, unfair system that creates a ton of arrogant-to-the-max, unprofessional workplaces full of moms who are above criticism due to their womb productivity, not their work productivity. They outnumber the men joking around about sex 95 to 1 in most of the workplaces I have seen.

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Bring the Gold Endgame Napoleon Thu, 12/07/2017 - 12:22 Permalink

The only people I blame more than women for our circumstances are poor people of color, the disabled and the elderly.

I'm always astonished when people blame actual politicians, bankers, ceos and the like. Give me a fucking break! The people who control the levers of power and craft legislation being responsible for our current state? That's insane. It's obvious to any neutral observer that illegal immigrants and women are to blame.

The only way to fix things at this point is to get more money to the top 0.0001%. Trickle down didn't work because we needed to give even more to the job creators so they can create Chinese prisons.

Point is I'm not so stupid as to blame the wealthy and powerful. It's obvious welfare recipients are the ones to blame. They rarely vote and have almost zero impact on policy and the economy as a whole. I'm just very excited to see others catching on that it's people on the margins of society that are responsible and definitely not ultra wealthy people in $20,000 suits. Good on you bro you've seen through the grand illusion!

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TheObsoleteMan Joe Davola Thu, 12/07/2017 - 16:33 Permalink

Bud was set up. He was not a bad guy, he just refused to play ball with powerful, connected people, so they made an example out of him. Bud didn't kill himself because he dreaded prison {he had a strong character}, he suicide'd because they destroyed his name and reputation. If you are expecting that level of integrity from Al Franken, you are in for a long wait.

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hongdo God Emperor Thu, 12/07/2017 - 13:29 Permalink

Agree.  I sympathize with him as he was only juvenile and crude - not like anyone on ZH I'm sure as we ae all gentleman in starched shirts.  But he showed himself as a coward to resign and this will set expectations that you will regret.Again the old rule:  "Fool, you trusted me."  So who do you trust?

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