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Update: Al Franken Announces Intention to Resign

Leading Democrats have called upon the Democratic senator beleaguered by a host of sexual harassment allegations to resign. He has now announced his plan to comply.

Update: Under pressure from colleagues, Al Franken has offered his resignation, “in the coming weeks.” 

Half a dozen female Democratic senators are urging Al Franken to quit in the wake of yet another sexual harassment allegation against the Minnesota Democrat. In the Atlantic, Tina Dupuy wrote today that she believed Franken’s accusers because “he groped me, too.”

Franken is accused of groping and sexually harassing multiple women by trying to forcibly kiss them. The allegations were sparked by morning news anchor Leeann Tweeden in November, prompting other women to come forward with accusations against him.  

Dupuy, the former communications director for Congressman Alan Grayson, called on the Democrats to stand with women who’ve been harassed instead of defending them, alleging that he groped her waist in public in a way that she wouldn’t even let her husband do to her in public.

“It shrunk me. It’s like I was no longer a person, only ornamental,” she wrote.  

Following calls for him to resign, Franken’s office stated that the senator would make a public statement  on Thursday. Democratic senator Ron Wyden said he expected Franken to “announce his resignation tomorrow.”

Across social media, several Democrats, including New York senator Kristen Gillibrand, called on their disgraced colleague to step down.

“I have spent a lot of time reflecting on Senator Franken’s behavior,” Gillibrand, a staunch advocate for victims of sexual assault, wrote. “Enough is enough.”

She was swiftly echoed by Patty Murray of Washington, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Kamala Harris of California, and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire. Dick Durbin, Tammy Baldwin, Sherrod Brown, Bob Casey, and Joe Donnelly also called on Al Franken to quit.

Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez urged Franken to resign.

“Everyone must share the responsibility of building a culture of trust and respect for women in every industry and workplace, and that includes our party,” Perez wrote on Twitter. His remarks were echoed by Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, who said he should “step down immediately.”

Sources: The Atlantic, DANGEROUSTwitter, Facebook.

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    December 7, 2017 at 7:36 am

    So, it turns out that this wasn’t a one-time thing that was a joke that happened while Franken was still an un-funny comedian.

    It’s liberal a-holes like Franken that make women believe that all men are pigs. They spend their whole lives in a liberal bubble, surrounded by liberal douchebags.

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    December 8, 2017 at 7:56 am

    “If I had to guess, I’d say he probably did it and is guilty. ”

    But we can’t assume either way. There’s a reason for a statue of limitations — the memories of witnesses fade.

    That said, to most of us, it’s amazing what you can accuse someone of, with a simple statement of what occurred decades ago, with no proof.

    I’ve been told that Jefferson had a black slave with whom he sired several children. The scandal.

    Innocent until proven guilty. Period. (and a proportionate penalty for those who are guilty.)

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