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Twitter reacts to Sen. Al Franken's resignation announcement
08 December 2017, 01:53 | Damon Campbell
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Democratic Sen. Al Franken announced his resignation from the Senate on Thursday amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. Indeed, Franken's office has already said the Sen. will be making an announcement Thursday.
Dayton said he would make his appointment "in a couple of days". "And that means Senator Franken should step down".
Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez echoed the calls for Franken's resignation.
That allegation set forth weeks of open deliberation about the political future of the unlikely comedian turned progressive darling.
Franken apologized following her account's publishing. "But I know who I really am".
Franken was right about one thing: It is unfair (though not, perhaps, "an irony", as he put it) that he will leave the Senate and Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexually pursuing teenage girls, will probably enter it.
Franken's colleagues in the Senate, who initially called for the Ethics Committee to investigate the accusations, began calling this week for the senator to resign, noting that the new allegations indicated a "pattern of egregious and unacceptable behavior toward women", rather than isolated incidents.
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And most importantly, by offering a vague denial of the reports by his accusers, he encouraged voters to doubt and shame them.
"I am announcing that in the coming weeks I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate", Franken said in a heartfelt speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate.
Franken was the keynote speaker at a September 23 event at the Belmont in downtown Austin.
An Army veteran told CNN later that Franken groped her on a USO tour as well before he was a senator.
"[Gillibrand] is an opportunist and a phony", Carlson said of the junior senator, who took the seat of Hillary Clinton after being appointed by then-Gov. Holmes is also a former aide to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is largely responsible for candidate recruiting in his drive to retain a majority. Franken has specifically denied at least one of the allegations, and has responded less clearly, or not at all, to others, ABC News reports. Among them were the top three ranking senators in the party - Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, Dick Durbin of IL and Patty Murray of Washington.
Already the Senate Democrat's number two man, Dick Durbin (IL), and the party's assistant leader, Patty Murray (WA), had joined New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand's campaign to force Franken to resign his seat. In the span of a few hours Wednesday afternoon, dozens of senators said Franken should go - including Schumer.
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