Sen. Al Franken says he’s just ‘likes to hug people,’ vows to regain Minnesota’s trust

Sen. Al Franken says he’s just ‘likes to hug people,’ vows to regain Minnesota’s trust
Alleged victim and Franken (Image via Twitter)

[Ed. – Hug this, Smalley.]

The Minnesota Democrat, who has been accused by four women — two of them anonymously — of inappropriate contact, issued a Thanksgiving afternoon apology and pledge. He wrote that he “feels terribly [sic] that I’ve made some women feel badly [sic].” He called himself “a warm person” who likes to hug people when they’re being photographed with him, but clearly, his embrace “crossed a line for some women.”

Although his statement did not directly address the question of whether he might resign, he vowed to move ahead with an effort to regain the trust of his constituents. A spokesman for Franken said Thursday that the senator has no plans to resign.

The accusations, which have left Franken facing a Senate ethics investigation, have touched off a fierce debate among his progressive supporters over what level of sexual misconduct should force a politician with a record of support for women’s rights to resign from office.

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