Al Fraken: Keeping Options Open About Another Senate Run

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      Snort McDork
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      Al Franken said he wouldn’t rule out another run for political office in an interview with a Massachusetts newspaper published Monday.

      “I’m keeping my options open,” he told the paper. “Right now my focus is on doing this (tour) and doing other stuff that is more politically blatant.”

      The “Saturday Night Live” alum resigned under pressure from the U.S. Senate in December 2017 after multiple women accused him of inappropriate touches or kisses. Franken has since said that he regrets the decision to step down, pinning the blame on Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

      “I wanted due process, but I had 36 colleagues and a majority leader who wouldn’t give it to me, so it was impossible. But you do have some regrets,” he told The Republican. “It was a very weird, tough situation at that moment … I love the Senate. I love the work that I did.”

      Franken previously spoke out about his resignation in a 2019 New Yorker profile in which seven other current and former senators said they regretted calling for him to step down.

      Franken has since returned to comedy, including an upcoming stand-up tour that will attempt to “make a difference satirically,” he said. “Because I believe comedy and satire is a very valid way — and sometimes almost a more productive way — of affecting public opinion.”

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    • #446016
      Satan
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      Worst thing they had on him was a goofy picture where he pretended to be groping a woman’s breasts. His hands weren’t actually near her body, and she was wearing a kevlar vest, so there would have been nothing to grab anyway, even if he had actually been grabbing.

      Was it a dumb & juvenile pose? Absolutely…. but he was a comedian at the time, not a Senator. Comedians do dumb things for laughs now and then. And the woman in question was a known right wing puppet who made her accusations on FAUX Noize, so the political motivations were obvious enough from the beginning.

      Meanwhile, you have Republicans like Matt Gaetz, Gym Jordan, and the sentient circus peanut who occupied the White House for 4 years who were KNOWN to have committed ACTUAL sex offenses, and nobody seriously called for their resignation.

      Not saying Al Franken was my favorite Senator. A run of the mill DLC’er, for the most part. But he really got a raw deal, and most of the hits on him came from the people allegedly on his own team, like Kristin “Hillary’s MiniMe” Gillibrand.

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    • #446033
      3fingerbrown
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      He shouldn’t have quit in the first place but folded like a cheap umbrella, which begs the question, why should anyone vote Franken to fight for their interests when he won’t even fight for himself? And he would be one of the most “liberal” Senators if he won again. Geez, what a fucking shitlib party!

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    • #446054
      MizzGrizz
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      ..but he did take the picture,he did do the so called prank.

      And what would we gain if he came back?He was basically just another AOC,getting elected as a progressive and then being a willing component of the system and a defender of the status quo.

      No,he needs to stay in whatever woodwork he has been hiding in.

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      The Me Too accusations also were troubling, and as others here have said, you didn’t defend yourself – instead, you resigned.  If you were not guilty of harassment, then why didn’t you fight back?  Move on.

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    • #446059
      game meat
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      Those are the unanswered questions, and the whole thing is one of the more interesting mysteries in modern intraparty dem politics. He’s a neolib, more or less, and had always been one of them. We also know that they ignore or discredit these kinds of accusations when it suits them.

      Sure, Gillibrand is a repugnant sociopath who bet on witch hunts and weaponized gender politics as the future of pseudo-leftism. She inserted herself into this ‘scandal” to elevate her national profile in a naked display of shameless opportunism, but that doesn’t explain the concerted effort to take him down that came from the media and the rest of the dems (including Sanders).

    • #446276
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      One, he accomplished fuck-all except self-enrichment as a Senator. Like so many other Democrats he ran as a progressive and legislated as a conservative. Why any of you are thirsty for that I’ll never understand.

      Second, his resignation was his own decision, so him acting like “uhm ackshully I’m a victim” is fucking dumb.

      And third, that resignation, and its acceptance, was literally the only time in my lifetime that the democratic party has shown that  could even try to hold itself to a standard. And look at some of y’all, “wuuuuh the GOP gets to do it why can’t the Dems do it too wuuuuh,” fucking pathetic.

      it’s an overfed asshole trying to get back in line for the buffet, same as it always was. And I’d like to say “Massachusetts deserves better,” but I’m pretty sure the entire state elects people based purely in hteir hairline, so nah.

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