Sen. Al Franken says he will not resign in the wake of accusations that he sexually assaulted and harassed Los Angeles-based radio host, Leeann Tweeden, and groped a woman at the 2010 Minnesota State Fair. Instead, he’ll spend his Thanksgiving break from Congress thinking about what he’s done.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that a spokesman for the senator said Franken will spend these next several days “reflecting” on his actions, as though he were a small child sent to his room without dinner.
“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,” the spokesperson said.
Last week, after Tweeden went public, claiming that Franken assaulted her during an early 2000s USO tour, jamming his tongue down her through during a “rehearsal” kiss, and groping her for a photo while she slept, Franken told media that he will submit to a Congressional ethics investigation rather than dole a punishment to himself.
Democrats have been torn on what to do with Franken. Two female Democratic legislators introduced a bill last week requiring all members of Congress and their staffs to undergo sexual harassment training, and a bipartisan group of legislators is investigating how much taxpayer money has been spent settling sexual harassment claims made against members of the House and Senate.
Several prominent leftists have also called for a “reckoning” on Bill Clinton in recent days, faced with the idea that Clinton’s sexual misbehavior while in office paved the way for other legislators with questionable morals to ascend to the highest levels of political office — including Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.
But the party has stopped short on openly condemning Franken, apparently preferring to “wait and see” on the allegations before they cost the party a sitting senator.