It’s official: Al Franken announces he will resign his Senate seat ‘in the coming weeks’

It’s official: Al Franken announces he will resign his Senate seat ‘in the coming weeks’
Al Franken (Image: YouTube screen grab via PBS News Hour)

The other shoe has finally dropped. Shortly after noon today, Sen. [score]Al Franken[/score] (D-Minn.) announced he will be stepping down from his seat “in the coming weeks.”

In a prepared statement that he read on the floor of the chamber, the senator accused of sexual misconduct by a growing number of women said — and in so doing confirmed that he remains a would-be comedian:

I am proud that during my time in the Senate I have used my power to be a champion of women and that I have earned a reputation as someone that respects the women I work alongside every day. I know there has been a very different picture of me painted in the last few weeks, but I know who I really am.

I know in my heart that nothing I have done as a senator — nothing — has brought dishonor on this institution. And I am confident that the Ethics Committee would agree.

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Nevertheless, today I am announcing that in the coming weeks, I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate.

Franken made no allusion to what he plans to do with this time now. Prior to coming to the Senate, he was a writer and cast member on “Saturday Night Live.” After leaving the show, he wrote several highly partisan books with fatuous titles, such “Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot.” After that he became a talk show host on the liberal Air America network.

According to NPR, there was scuttlebutt about Franken’s becoming a Democratic presidential candidate in 2020, and there was even a “Draft Al Franken” website. Presumably, that plan has been dashed by the scandal that surrounds the soon-to-be-ex senator.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.