Senator Al Franken of Minnesota recently announced he would be resigning from the Senate in the near future. He was the latest high profile man to be caught up in the #MeToo movement. Several women had come forward and accused the Senator of sexual misconduct. The final straw for Franken was when roughly 30 of his fellow democratic senators called for him to step down. It is believed that he will officially leave the Senate sometime in January. Now, some of Franken’s colleagues are coming forward to urge him to reconsider.
West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, who was one of the few senators not to call for Franken to resign, is leading the charge to keep Franken in the Senate. In an interview with “OFF Message,” a Politico podcast, Manchin said, “What they did to Al was atrocious…the most hypocritical thing I’ve ever seen done to a human being….” He added, “Here’s a man, that all he said [was], ‘Take me through the Ethics Committee. I will live by whatever decision and I will walk away thinking about this opportunity I’ve had while I was here. But you find out if I’m a predator.’” He also said, “I hope they have enough guts … and enough conscience and enough heart to say, ‘Al, we made a mistake asking prematurely for you to leave.’” Senator Manchin’s view raises a question: Should Al Franken still resign from the Senate?
Newsy covering some democratic senators’ wishes for Franken not to resign:
Should Senator Franken still resign from the senate? Does Senator Franken need to follow through with his resignation, since announcing it was basically admitting his guilt? Or, should he stay and try to atone by making the lives of women better?