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Wed Dec 6, 2017, 04:55 PM

Sen. Al Franken will resign, Democratic official says

Source: Minnesota Public Radio

A 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.

Franken faced a cascade of calls Wednesday from fellow Democrats and other political allies to leave office in response to multiple allegations of sexual harassment.

Read more: https://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/06/senator-al-franken-to-resign

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Reply Sen. Al Franken will resign, Democratic official says (Original post)
brooklynite Wednesday OP
ffr Wednesday #1
brooklynite Wednesday #3
ffr Wednesday #7
onit2day Thursday #38
Adenoid_Hynkel Wednesday #2
OnDoutside Wednesday #5
humbled_opinion Wednesday #12
OnDoutside Wednesday #20
GatoGordo Wednesday #16
OnDoutside Wednesday #21
charliea Wednesday #24
LenaBaby61 Wednesday #25
Butterflylady Wednesday #26
wisteria Wednesday #37
DeminPennswoods Wednesday #4
PatSeg Wednesday #9
elehhhhna Wednesday #11
cstanleytech Wednesday #6
obliviously Wednesday #33
cstanleytech Wednesday #34
Behind the Aegis Wednesday #8
MissKat Wednesday #10
trueblue2007 Wednesday #19
brooklynite Wednesday #35
Alice11111 Wednesday #13
ancianita Wednesday #14
orleans Wednesday #15
LadyVV Wednesday #17
NurseJackie Wednesday #18
trueblue2007 Wednesday #22
DFW Wednesday #23
yurbud Wednesday #27
MosheFeingold Wednesday #29
beaglelover Wednesday #28
Thor_MN Wednesday #30
mbusby Wednesday #31
stopbush Wednesday #32
wisteria Wednesday #36

Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 04:57 PM

1. It's 2016 GE all over again. When will we stop the circular firing squad???

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Response to ffr (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 04:59 PM

3. Who got beaten up in 2016?

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 05:02 PM

7. ??? Umm, Hillary?

And we did it to ourselves. We didn't stand up for our candidate and demonstrate what an effectively strong leader she is and would be. Instead a lot of us let the label that she was a woman, weak on crime, and one step from prison rule the airwaves. So not true and yet that's all people heard.

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 7, 2017, 12:25 AM

38. Franken to be replaced by Roy Moore

Dems should know better. I believe the majority of democrats do not want Franken to resign. His actions cannot even be compared to the actions of republicans any way you slice it.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 04:58 PM

2. But Blake Farenthold gets to stay and Roy Moore gets to join

No one is calling for Farenthold to resign for settling sexual harassment suits with taxpayer money, and, instead of grilling GOP leaders about it, the media is ignoring the story.

and Mitch says PedoRoy is in if he wins.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 05:00 PM

5. Yeah but the Dems have won the moral high ground. Doesn't it feel great ???

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Response to OnDoutside (Reply #5)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 05:04 PM

12. Yeah until the list comes out

that list of politicians that paid off taxpayer hush money to abuse victims, we can only hope that they are all Repubs because this right here is the precedent setter.

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Response to humbled_opinion (Reply #12)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 05:19 PM

20. Two have come out. Only the Democrat has gone...I wouldn't be

Holding out hope of a veil of morality dropping over the Republican party !

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Response to OnDoutside (Reply #5)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 05:13 PM

16. We may have won the war for the moral high ground, (but lost a battle)... however

1. Minnesota won't lose a seat to a Republican. Our governor is a Democrat and will fill Frankens seat with a Democrat
2. This isn't a sprint. Its a distance race. And no matter the short term outcome of this fiasco, the Republican party cannot paint itself as the party of "high moral standards".
3. IF Franken resigns due to the pressures put on him by the Democratic party, WE DO HAVE THE HIGH GROUND, and WE ARE ETHICAL. As bitter the taste may be, come election time, people in Minnesota are going to remember the high ground Al Franken took for them.

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Response to GatoGordo (Reply #16)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 05:21 PM

21. I acknowledge your theory but I fear that won't count for anything.

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Response to GatoGordo (Reply #16)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 05:26 PM

24. No, we're stupid lemmings rushing to judgment

When you get a tape of Franken saying that he likes grabbing pussy, and he can't help himself (pResident), or he spent taxpayer money to settle harassment complaints (Farenthold, Conyers), I'll join the chorus. Right now I want an investigation not a resignation. Where is the screaming about Farenthold? He paid out 87k of our money and all I've seen is his statement he'll pay it back. Even the picture of Senator Franken making hand gestures over Ms Tweeden's kevlar vest don't strike me as damning in the same sense.

Yeah maybe I'm cutting him too much slack, but it seems to me that this is a targeted attack on a very progressive Senator, who Republicans would sorely like to rid themselves of.

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Response to GatoGordo (Reply #16)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 05:27 PM

25. WE ARE ETHICAL.

How is that gonna work when thuglicans control EVERY aspect of collecting to tallying votes all across this country. Do you trust them? I live in California and feel confident in our process of elections here because we have a super majority here of Dems. But, what about the states where you have thuglicans running them? Look at what happened in Florida, Ohio, Arizona and in other states where something was "wrong" with Dem votes being counted due to voter-suppression.

We have a ruling coming down from a 5-4 righty Supreme Court in 2018 which could make Wisconsin and other used to be Dem states permanently RED thanks to gerrymandering, not to mention that thuglicans voter-suppress and voter-ID Dems WILL voter-suppress Dems off the chain in 2018/2020. You also have a 5-4 Supreme Court thanks to Yertle the nasty turtle which I see ultimately getting rid of Roe v Wade. I didn't even mention the ruskie meddling still going unchecked into our politics. In fact, little has changed since 2016's GE. The courts are being stacked by thuglicans crazies in lifetime appointments, and I don't see much good coming from their rulings in the next generation. It'll be bleak times for the common man/woman.

Dems and their moral high ground. Getting them KILLED everytime.

Gonna be mighty moral seeing Roy Moore in the Senate being one of the votes voting AGAINST laws/bills which will protect woman/children against domestic violence and against sexual assault/rape.

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Response to GatoGordo (Reply #16)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 05:28 PM

26. Wouldn't count on it.

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Response to OnDoutside (Reply #5)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 11:16 PM

37. No, actually I am pissed, snd changing to sn Independent registration.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 05:00 PM

4. Mineral Man has it right

this worked and now other Dems will be targeted. Meanwhile the GOP is busy rallying around Roy Moore and will glady embrace him as a vote for tax cuts and crazy, rw judges.

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Response to DeminPennswoods (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 05:03 PM

9. Yes

I've been saying this for awhile. Republicans fight dirty and too many Dems in congress enable them. Now anyone is fair game and real victims of abuse will be swept under the rug just like before.

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Response to DeminPennswoods (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 05:04 PM

11. Incredible load of horseshit

I guess were supposed to keep our powder dry while the perverts populate the Republican side of the fucking government

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 05:02 PM

6. At least Franken has more honor than the Repugnants supporting Moore.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 07:54 PM

33. True but Moore will be voting and Al Franken won't, I'm not seeing a win here.

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Response to obliviously (Reply #33)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 07:54 PM

34. I didn't say it was a win.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 05:03 PM

8. Much to the delight of many.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 05:04 PM

10. NO NO NO

If Al Franken resigns I will NOT GIVE THE DNC ANOTHER CENT

Let him have an ethics investigation

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Response to MissKat (Reply #10)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 05:17 PM

19. I agree.

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Response to MissKat (Reply #10)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 09:38 PM

35. How much have you given so far?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 05:04 PM

13. I'm disappointed hedid not fight it. The RW targeted

Our best, and then we shot him for them, without even an investigation.

I'm done.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 05:09 PM

14. Fuck these spineless fucks.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 05:10 PM

15. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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Response to orleans (Reply #15)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 05:15 PM

17. Ditto

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 05:16 PM

18. Jeff Sessions rejoices.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 05:22 PM

22. this thread stinks.

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Response to trueblue2007 (Reply #22)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 05:24 PM

23. The news stinks

It means the Dark Side won.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 05:30 PM

27. Will a Democrat pick his replacement? If not he should stay through at least 2018.

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Response to yurbud (Reply #27)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 05:43 PM

29. I assume the govenor picks the replacement

Which is Mark Dayton, a democrat.

The most recent groping allegation (of two today) was by a noted Democratic agent at the 2009 Media Matters party. It's a pretty convincing piece.

So, he does need to go.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 05:32 PM

28. We are so fucked in 2018. Say goodbye to Medicare and SS.

But he touched my waist. Fuckin' A.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 05:51 PM

30. You will have to pause your grave dancing.

https://www.democraticunderground.com/10141932782

You are posting literally fake news.

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Response to Thor_MN (Reply #30)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 06:32 PM

31. Here...

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 06:39 PM

32. We have an admitted sexual predator sitting in the Oval Office

and an accused pedophile running for the Senate, but the only people paying the price are Dem pols and entertainers.

How did that happen?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 11:14 PM

36. I heard the office was pushing bs k on this report.

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