Franken Exit Could be Game-Changer for Control of Senate

Leeann Tweeden is seen here during a press conference

If Franken leaves, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, a Democrat, would appoint someone to take his place, meaning the party would not risk losing the seat for now.

Sen. Al Franken's seat wasn't supposed to be up again until 2020.

Sen. Franken (D-MN) was resigning after multiple women reported that he had groped or otherwise sexually harassed them. "I'm going to be just fine".

Or he might choose to send a loud signal against sexual harassment by picking Rep. Erin Maye Quade, a Democratic state lawmaker who, along with other women, accused two fellow state lawmakers of sexual harassment, resulting in their resignation last month.

"I know there's been a very different picture of me painted over the last few weeks but I know who I really am", Franken said.

"[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. But this moment of reckoning about our friends and colleagues who have been accused of sexual misconduct is necessary, and it is painful. Amy Klobuchar tweeted a response to the news on Wednesday afternoon: "Sexual harassment is unacceptable". That decision, he said, may have given "some people the false impression that I was admitting to doing things that, in fact, I haven't done".

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Mr. Franken, a Democrat of Minnesota, has apologized for his behavior, but the senators said his admissions are not enough. CNN has not yet verified the claims in the Politico story, but Franken flatly denied the allegations int he report.

Democratic Representative Ruben Kihuen faces pressure to resign as well over allegations reported by BuzzFeed that he repeatedly propositioned a former campaign worker. "I was excited for that conversation and hopeful that it would result in real change that made life better for women all across the country and in every part of our society".

"This has been a tough few weeks for me", Franken said, thanking his family for their support. He gave ammunition to those who believe their accounts are part of a right-wing plot, and to the many who still think women who report harassment are vindictive harpies seeking to harm men.

"I know in my heart that nothing I have done as a senator - nothing - has brought dishonour on this institution", Mr Franken said on Thursday. He could do so in a way that helped a cause he claims to care about - protecting women from men's abuses of power - or he could preserve some of his own reputation at the cost of harming that cause.

Trump has since gone on to support Alabama judge Roy Moore who is running for the Senate amid a torrent of sexual assault allegations, some of which come from women who charge him with assaulting them when they were minors.

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