Report: Al Franken Expected to Step Down from Congress on Thursday

A tweet came from his account today that reads, “Senator Franken will be making an announcement tomorrow. More details to come.”

Half a dozen female Democratic senators are urging Al Franken to quit in the wake of yet another sexual harassment allegation against the Minnesota Democrat. In the Atlantic, Tina Dupuy wrote today that she believed Franken’s accusers because “he groped me, too.”

Franken is accused of groping and sexually harassing multiple women by trying to forcibly kiss them. The allegations were sparked by morning news anchor Leeann Tweeden in November, prompting other women to come forward with accusations against him.

Dupuy, the former communications director for Congressman Alan Grayson, called on the Democrats to stand with women who’ve been harassed instead of defending them, alleging that he groped her waist in public in a way that she wouldn’t even let her husband do to her in public.

“It shrunk me. It’s like I was no longer a person, only ornamental,” Grayson said.

 

MPR News reports: 

Democratic official who has spoken to Al Franken and key aides says Franken will resign his Minnesota Senate seat on Thursday, the official tells MPR News.

The official spoke to Franken and separately to Franken’s staff. A staff member told the official that Franken had gone to his Washington home to discuss his plans with family.

MPR News agreed to withhold the official’s name because the official wanted to give Franken the chance to talk about his decision in his own words.

His departure would require DFL Gov. Mark Dayton to name a successor. That person would serve until the 2018 election when Minnesota voters would fill it for the final two years of Franken’s term.

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