Al Franken Hints At Return To Politics

( After resigning from the United States Senate in 2017 over accusations of sexual misconduct, former Minnesota Democratic Senator Al Franken said during an interview on Wednesday that he could be tempted to return to politics.

Franken was reminded how seven current and former Senators have since said that they regret forcing him out of office, and also reminded him that he himself regretted leaving.

Franken responded by saying that there are really nine current and former senators who regret it, and that two have publicly apologized. He also said that he never got any “due process” over the allegations, with no mainstream media outlets investigating the allegations at any point.

“No one at The New York Times investigated. No one did any investigation of this at all. And I had 36 of my colleagues demand that I leave, and I didn’t get due process, and it was a pretty awful experience for me and my family,” he said.

That sounds an awful lot like the treatment Republicans get. From being called racists and bigoted to white supremacists and Nazis, so often Republicans lose their jobs and lives to fake accusations. Perhaps Franken should have some sympathy for those people after he experienced it himself.

He ended the interview by saying how he loved his time in the Senate and that he “got a lot done.”

“I was able to accomplish things I couldn’t accomplish anywhere else, I don’t think. So yeah, it would be tempting to try to do that again,” he said.

Franken was accused in 2017 by model Leeann Tweeden of forcibly kissing her in 2006.

“I said ‘OK’ so he would stop badgering me. We did the line leading up to the kiss and then he came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth,” she wrote in a blog post at the time. She claims to have pushed him away and felt “disgusted and violated.”