A variety of congressional colleagues of Sen. Al Franken(D-Minn.)revealed that they would contribute contributions from his political action committee to charities in the wake of accusations that he groped and kissed a model without her consent throughout a 2006 USO tour.Sen.
Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), and Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) were amongst the Democrats who announced that they would contribute the contributions to non-profits.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Franken’s Midwest Values PAC had actually dispersed $25,500 to 2018 Home candidates and $115,000 to Senate candidates, all Democrats.
Franken said sorry on Thursday after a model-turned-newscaster composed a post on KABC Radio’s website that claimed he kissed her and searched her without her approval as they were on a USO tour. Franken was not a senator at the time, but in the hours after the story broke, he required a principles investigation of himself. Senate Bulk Leader Mitch McConnell also required a principles investigation.Democratic lawmakers, including Franken, shed contributions they got from Harvey Weinstein last month after multiple allegations of unwanted sexual advances and attack initially emerged against the motion picture mogul.The Weinstein scandal triggered nationwide focus on
the problem, going well beyond Hollywood to other industry sectors, to statehouses and, more recently, to Capitol Hill. Today, Rep. Jackie Speier(D-Calif.)affirmed at a Home hearing that she knows of 2 lawmakers who have been implicated of unwanted sexual advances or are understood for their unsuitable conduct, although she declined to call them.The newscaster who discussed Franken, Leeann Tweeden, stated that she was influenced to come forward in part by Speier’s stories of being sexually attacked when she worked as a congressional aide.”A few weeks ago, we had California Congresswoman Jackie Speier on the program and she informed us her story of being sexually assaulted when she was a young
Congressional aide,” Tweeden composed.” She described how an effective man in the workplace where she worked ‘held her face, kissed her and stuck his tongue in her mouth.’ “At that moment, I believed to myself,
Al Franken did that exact same thing to me. “Tweeden wrote that Franken kissed her and stuck his
tongue down her throat in what he claimed was rehearsal for a skit. She later found a picture from the tour in which Franken seems putting his hands on her breasts as she was sleeping. She published the image to her KABC story.Tweeden appeared on CNN on Thursday, and informed host Jake Tapper that she did accept
Franken’s apology. Franken released a short apology and a lengthier declaration later on in the day. “That a person did seem wholehearted, and I think it and I believe him, “she said, including
that she”wasn’t awaiting an apology from him, however I happily accept it.”In the statement, Franken stated,”The very first thing I desire to do is say sorry: to Leeann, to everybody else who
belonged to that trip, to everybody who has actually worked for me, to everybody I represent, and to everybody who depends on me to be an ally and advocate and champion of women. There’s more I wish to say, however the very first and crucial thing– and if it’s the only thing you care to hear, that’s fine– is: I’m sorry.” Sen. Amy Klobuchar(D-Minn.), the senior senator from Franken’s home state, said that”this ought to not have happened to Leeann Tweeden. I highly condemn this habits and the Senate Ethics Committee should open an investigation. This is another example of why we have to alter work environments and reporting practices throughout the country, consisting of in Congress. “Klobuchar sponsored a resolution that passed the Senate last week that needs
members and their personnels to go through sexual harassment training.Franken, a previous funny writer and radio host, was chosen to the Senate after narrowly winning his seat following a recount of the 2008 election results. He was reelected in 2014.