Franken resignation the right thing to do

Saul Bowman
December 10, 2017

One of the women who accused Minnesota Senator Al Franken of sexual harassment leveled more criticism on the "defiant" lawmaker on Friday after he announced his resignation and dismissed numerous claims against him. "We can't have our leaders saying one thing and doing another".

Army veteran Stephanie Kemplin, who said Franken had groped her at a 2003 USO tour photo shoot, told CNN that the senator's remarks on Thursday were "very hurtful".

"I know there's been a very different picture painted of me over the last few weeks, but I know who I really am", Franken said in his speech. She says she ducked to avoid his lips.

CNN has not yet verified the claims in the Politico story, but Franken flatly denied the allegations int he report. Tweeden, a Los Angeles radio host, was the first woman to come forward with allegations of impropriety.

The woman says Franken pursued her after her boss had left and she was collecting her belongings.

The eight women who accused Franken triggered an avalanche of calls to step down by fellow Democratic senators on Wednesday, after which Franken's office announced his plans to give a Thursday resignation address.

"Today I am announcing that in the coming weeks, I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate", Franken said on the Senate floor Thursday.

He insists that some of the allegations against him "are simply not true", while he recalls other situations that have come to light in recent weeks "quite differently". Kirsten Gillibrand wrote on Wednesday in a statement on Facebook. "We were finally beginning to listen to women about the ways in which men's actions affected them". Then the conversation turned to me.

Tweeden pointed to the seven other women who have come forward with stories of Franken's misconduct, saying that it's "between those women and God, who's lying".

Dupuy told CNN's Alisyn Camerota that Franken's speech and the venue where he delivered it were inappropriate.

"It doesn't make me feel good but I would use that word", Tweeden added. The woman said she appeared on Franken's radio show Air America and after the interview, she tried to shake his hand but he took it and leaned in for a kiss.

Regardless of Tweeden's past career moves (which were her own choices made with her own agency), the fact remains that she did not want to kiss Franken and she definitely did not want him to take a picture with him groping her breasts.

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