Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., introduced his plans to resign following a sequence of allegations from girls accusing him of sexual harassment and misconduct.
Franken’s alternative can be chosen by Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that Dayton is predicted to decide on Lt. Gov. Tina Smith , who will maintain the seat till a particular election in November 2018.
On Wednesday morning after Politico revealed the story of a girl who stated Franken tried to kiss her after a 2006 radio present, Democratic senators started to name for his resignation. (Franken denied the allegation.) Over the course of some hours greater than half the caucus known as for the second-term senator to step down.
The primary allegation towards Franken got here on November 16 , when radio anchor Leeann Tweeden stated that she had been forcibly kissed whereas rehearsing on a USO tour in 2006. She additionally included a photograph of Franken mimicking groping her breasts whereas she slept on a flight throughout the identical tour. Franken apologized however stated he didn’t bear in mind the kiss in the identical method. In all, eight girls have accused Franken of harassment or misconduct .
After a profession in comedy, writing, activism and discuss radio, Franken first gained election to the Senate in 2008, profitable by simply over 300 votes in a decent three-way race. He gained reelection in 2014 by ten factors and was being put forth by some as a possible candidate for president in 2020.