November 26, 2017
Washington, D.C.- Emerald Robinson, Political Correspondent
Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) spent this Sunday talking to local Minnesota media outlets to address mounting sexual harassment accusations in the face of waining approval ratings. Recent polls shows Senator Franken’s approval sharply dropping in the wake of accusations from four different women including the initial claim made by Los Angeles radio host Leann Tweeden.
A poll conducted by a Saint Paul ABC Affiliate, KSTP, showed that only 22 percent of the 600 Minnesota residents polled believed that the senator should remain in office. Thirty-three percent of those polled said that he should resign his post in the Senate. Another report by Rasmussen showed similar numbers for the general public. In a sample of likely U.S. voters, a total of 55 percent believed that the Minnesota Democrat should resign with only 37 percent reporting a favorable opinion of the senator.
Senator Fraken broke his eight day silence telling the Minnesota Star Tribune that he is ashamed and needs to regain the trust of those he let down. However, in another telephone interview with MPR, host Cathy Wurzer grilled the senator on his intention to remain in the Senate. The host suggested that perhaps Franken could best serve the women of Minnesota by stepping aside and allowing Governor Mark Dayton (D-Minn.) to appoint a woman to take his place the senate, a suggested that left the current senator speechless for a beat. After recovering, the senator replied, “I’m committed to working as hard as I can here in the Senate.”
Wurzer went on to press Senator Franken on how effective he could be in the Senate at this point as he tries to desperately hold on to his seat. Additionally, the Emmy-winning radio host pointed out the possible hypocrisy of pursuing sexual harassment allegations only when it behooves one’s political party to which Franken did not answer citing that he had to end the interview for time.
This comes on the same day that fellow Democrat, Representative John Conyers (D-Mich.) , stepped down as ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee following allegations of sexual assault and as Democrats continue to castigate Alabama senatorial candidate Roy Moore for allegations made against him. Also on this Sunday, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) made new calls for Franken to resign saying that the accusations against against the Democrat senator, including many of which he’s admitted to, are horrifying.
Senator Franken confirmed to both MPR and the Star Tribune that he currently had no intentions of resigning. The senator added the he would return to work in the Senate on Monday and intended to regain the trust of the those he had let down.