Mixed Reactions Locally to Franken Resignation

Tina Dupuy

"I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assaults sits in the Oval Office and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party", Franken said.

She also said she's been the target of "vile and partisan personal attacks" since she disclosed the incidents with Franken. Cupp concluded that in the event of Moore's election to the senate, it would be interesting to see how many senators condemn him for his alleged sexual abuses like they did to Franken. "After experiencing many vile and partisan personal attacks on my credibility since I went public, I don't blame these women one bit".

"I think it's a good thing (he resigned), with all the allegations against him", added another woman.

"It wasn't an apology, it was very defiant", she said. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.; Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii; Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; Maggie Hassan, D-N.H.; Patty Murray, D-Wash.; and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., called for Franken to resign. I know in my heart that nothing I have done as a senator-nothing-has brought this honor on this institution, and I am confident that the Ethics Committee would agree.

"I felt like he was going to actually talk about the accusations against him", Menz said. She said she turned her head and he kissed her on the cheek. "I was excited for that conversation and hopeful that it would result in real change that made life better for women all across the country and in every part of our society".




Before Franken announced his impending resignation, celebrities like Alyssa Milano, Amber Tamblyn, and Maggie Gyllenhaal also called out the hypocrisy of the situation. "Then he squeezed. At least twice" while the two posed for a photo at the party.

"I'm very disappointed that he wants to say we took his actions in the wrong way, not the way he intended it", she said.

Franken returns to work and says he knows he "let a lot of people down". If he is innocent as he claims (he says some of the allegations were untrue and he remembers the rest differently than his accusers) and if he is as confident that the Ethics Committee would vindicate him as he says, he shouldn't be resigning.

Noting seven other women subsequently came forward with allegations of Franken's misconduct, Tweeden said it is "between those women and God, who's lying".

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