Spokesperson: Franken Won't Resign

November 20, 2017 09:04 AM

The Star Tribune reports a spokesperson for Sen. Al Franken said the senator won't resign after Leeann Tweeden, a Los Angeles Radio Anchor accused Franken of groping and kissing her in 2006.  

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The spokesperson was asked Saturday if Franken would resign, and responded "No", according to the Star Tribune. 

The staffer told the Star Tribune by text: "He is spending time with his family in Washington, D.C., and will be through the Thanksgiving holiday, and he's doing a lot of reflecting."

Franken has since apologized to Tweeden, but the Star Tribune reports some of Franken's political allies are finding it difficult to forgive. 

"It's hard. He's a friend, he's an ally and he's very effective. But we cannot have a double standard when it comes to having safe spaces that do not allow for sexual harassment," State Auditor Rebecca Otto told the Star Tribune.   

The Star Tribune reports that some progressive women say Franken's behavior should be viewed with perspective considering he was not a U.S. Senator at the time and was on the USO tour as a comedian.    



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