Sen. Al Franken resigns amidst sexual assault allegations
In Washington DC on the Senate floor, where embattled Minnesota Democratic Senator Al Franken announced he will resign his Senate seat amid a series of sexual misconduct allegations against him that emerged in recent weeks.
The first of those allegations from Filipino American radio host.
“Today, I am announcing that in the coming weeks I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate. I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assaults sits in the Oval Office and a man who has repeatedly prayed on young girls, campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party. But this decision is not about me, it’s about the people of Minnesota.”
The 66-year-old senator, who was seen as a rising star in the Democratic party, is the second senator to resign this week over sexual misconduct allegations.
Michigan Democratic Senator John Conyers announced his resignation on Tuesday.
Franken’s departure comes after a string of 7 women, starting with Fil-Am broadcaster Leeannn Tweeden, claimed he sexually harassed them, and 18 of his fellow Democrats in the Senate urged him to resign, presents an opening for Republicans to recapture a seat they lost when Franken won election in 2008, and to build on their slim 52-48 Senate majority. That election will be held in November 2018.
Until then, Minnesota’s governor will appoint an interim senator to take Franken’s place.