Pro-abortion Senator Al Franken of Minnesota announced earlier this month he would resign, after previously apologizing for sexual harassment in multiple instances. He refused to admit his behavior and even went as far as blaming President Donald Trump.
Franken stood on the Senate floor and announced his resignation from the Senate after allegations from 8 women prompted even fellow Democrats to abandon their support. Franken admitted to none of the allegations against him, but acknowledged he needs to resign.
“Today I am announcing that in the coming weeks, I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate,” Franken said.
“Some of the allegations against me are simply not true,” he said. “Others I remember very differently.”
Now, it appear Franken may be having a change of heart.
Four fellow senators now say they’ve reconsidered the Franken matter, and advised the lawmaker to stay the course on Capitol Hill. And voila — “unresign” was born. Is this strategery that was originally part of someone’s game plan? Inquiring minds want to know, particularly those who wonder if somehow, in some way, the activities will prompt the voting public to revisit negative reports against President Trump, particularly as his positive accomplishments accumulate. It’s complicated and curious.
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“Now that the Roy Moore election is over and there’s no more need to posture, Democrats who called for Al Franken to resign are changing their minds,” observes Glenn Reynolds, founder of the popular Instapundit blog on PJ Media.
“Far too many people in politics have developed a simple but reassuring approach to accusations of improper sexual behavior: they believe the accusations against the members of the other party, but refuse to believe the accusations against their political allies,” writes National Review columnist Jim Geraghty.
Franken said that his decision to resign was not based around him, but rather for the people of Minnesota.
Notably, Franken did not issue any apologies to any of his accusers during his speech, and implied that many of them were lying. He did not provide a timeline for his resignation, saying only “weeks.” His replacement will be appointed by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and will serve until 2018.
That sounds like a set-up for “unresigning.”