Dem Senators repudiate demand that Franken resign

Senator Al Franken D-MN arrives at the Capitol

"Let me be clear, I may be resigning my seat but I am not giving up my voice", Franken said in a Senate floor speech earlier this month, announcing his resignation. "I think if he had made a decision to stay, he would have found a lot of support". And whatever the outcome is, I will live with that.

"I've seen a person that his own caucus has turned on. The Ethics committee should have been allowed to investigate and make its recommendation". "I know who I really am".

He went on to say that "some of the allegations against me are simply not true".

Franken announced his resignation on December 7, after a majority of Democratic senators called for him to leave office.

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Other Senators are, for the moment, sticking by their guns. "They bullied him into resigning and now he may un-resign having decided that he was bullied". The Senate Ethics Committee propelled a test into the assertions a month ago. If I were Leann Tweden, who was the first to complain, I would stand by for a campaign of attack meant to discredit her. The rhetoric of "justice" will be employed, while simultaneously vowing to hunt down real "anti-woman" offenders (i.e., Republicans).

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will join the Senate the following day.

A special election will be held in Minnesota to permanently fill the seat timed to next year's midterm elections in November. They had anticipated the expulsion of Moore would lead to Democrat Congressional majorities and thus the nirvana of impeachment, the holy grail of Democrat politics at the moment. The common pattern they described included allegations that Franken groped their buttocks or breasts or tried to kiss them. But Franken did not give a date at that time.

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