By Clare Foran
Democratic Senator Al Franken announced on Thursday that he will resign from Congress following multiple allegations by women who have accused him of sexual misconduct.
“Today, I am announcing that in the coming weeks I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate,” Franken said, adding that “serving in the United States Senate has been a great honor in my life,” and that although he would be resigning his seat, he does not plan on “giving up my voice.”
The decision comes a day after a majority of Senate Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, called on Franken to resign. Senate Democratic women led by Kristen Gillibrand of New York were the first to come forward demanding Franken’s resignation. Senate Democratic men soon joined in, and Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez did as well.
Congress is grappling with the national reckoning on sexual harassment of women by men in positions of power that is playing out in media, corporations, and in popular culture across the United States.
In his speech on Thursday, Franken said that a few months ago he believed the U.S. was entering “an important moment in the history of this country where we were finally beginning to listen to women about the ways in which men’s actions affect them,” but that he was “shocked” and “upset” when that he himself became a focus of that conversation.
The senator said that he wanted to be “respectful” of the women who came forward with allegations against him, but that he believes that “gave some people the false impression that I was admitting to doing things that I, in fact, haven’t done.”
Franken is the second Democratic member of Congress in the span of a week to step down in the midst of allegations of inappropriate behavior toward women. On Tuesday, …read more
Via:: The Atlantic