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Wed Oct 2, 2019, 11:45 AM

Former Patty Murray staffer tells of Al Franken groping and explains why she hasn't come forward.

She has been worried that being linked with this issue would hurt her own career.

Many people don't remember that ALL of the Democratic women Senators signed the letter to Al Franken within hours. I suspect that many of them had talked to their own staffers and had heard about this or similar incidents.


I was just out of college in my first job, working for U.S. senator Patty Murray. Al Franken was the guest speaker at an event in 2006. I was working the photo line, and he pulled me in. Murray said, ďLetís take the picture.Ē And he puts his hand on my ass. Heís telling the photographer, ďTake another one. I think I blinked. Take another one.Ē And Iím just frozen. Itís so violating. And then he gives me a little squeeze on my buttock, and I am bright red. I donít say anything at the time, but I felt deeply, deeply uncomfortable. It was such a confusing experience. At first, I didnít take it all that seriously.

At the time of the incident, I think, Iím going to go to law school. All I want to do is run for office in my home state. This created a moment of reflection on like, Who the hell do you think you are? There is something that tells men that they, particularly those who have a lot of power, that they have access to my body in some way that is based on the hierarchy of the organization that weíre working in or society or whatever it is. My anger wasnít directed toward him. It was more like, How audacious am I to think I could do anything? It rocked my confidence. As I look back on my career, I am always in deputy roles and support roles.

When I got a New York Times text alert on my phone about Franken and women, I burst into tears. I really considered adding my voice. When Murray called for him to resign, I felt very proud.

I mentor a lot of young women. And a few of them Iíve gotten so close to and have asked their advice about what I should do. I thought for sure one young woman was going to push me over the edge to tell you my name for this story. And she was so clear that I should absolutely not come forward, because it was not worth it. It would prevent me from being able to do the jobs Iíd hope to be considered for in the future. I have dreams of being a Cabinet secretary for the first female president. I have dreams of running a large organization. And I believe that even in the most liberal, progressive organizations in the world, it will still be held against me.


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Wed Oct 2, 2019, 12:23 PM

2. We have multiple threads on like topics all the time.

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