Could recent reports that Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, a Democrat, was being urged by at least 4 of his colleagues to reconsider his decision to resign after a series of allegations from women be true?
More importantly, could that actually happen?
Franken himself stated –
“I am announcing that in the coming weeks I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate,” Franken said. “There is a big part of me that will always regret having to walk away from this job with so much work left to be done.”
Hmmm… Doesn’t a declaration of resigning warrant an official date?
Franken’s vague statement about when he would resign has opened the door for some Democratic senators to encourage him to stay on.
Franken also said in his statement –
“Some of the allegations against me are simply not true. Others, I remember very differently. I said at the outset that the ethics committee was the right venue for these allegations to be heard and investigated and evaluated on their merits, that I was prepared to cooperate fully and that I was confident in the outcome.”
Hmmm… Does this sound like a true apology?
It now appears at least four senators — including West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, who initially joined the demands the lawmaker resign — now want Franken to reconsider his planned exit, which according to some will be “some time” in January.
Republican Arne Carlson, who served as the 37th Governor of Minnesota has said he supports the un-resignation of Al Franken.
Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, said Franken should reverse his decision to resign and called it atrocious the way Democratic senators piled on the Al earlier this month. The call coming after a former aide to a different Democratic congressman accused Franken of trying to forcibly kiss her after her boss appeared on his radio show in 2006.
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, who led the battle cry against Franken, appears to not be rethinking Franken’s decision. She is readily awaiting his resignation.
However, celebrities like Tom Arnold, Bette Midler and Rosie O’Donnell appear to be leading the charge for Al Franken to not resign. Hard to believe.
However, until Franken hands over a resignation letter with a hard date, it’s impossible to say with certainty that Franken is gone. He could linger in the halls of the Senate, hiding in the shadows and hoping the whole thing just blows over.
Al Franken, please close the door behind you.