Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
November 17th, 2017
It was merely a matter of time before liberal deviancy was exposed in more places than Hollywood.
What better than Washington DC?
This of course is not the first time national politicians have been embroiled in a sex scandal. In the 1980’s, Congress was rocked when it was revealed that members of Congress were engaging in rampant homosexual activity with underage congressional pages.
Fast forward to 2017, a television and radio show host accused Sen. Al Franken of unwanted kissing and groping more than a decade ago, drawing universal condemnation from both Democrats and Republicans.
Mr. Franken, Minnesota Democrat, said he remembered the facts differently than did Leeann Tweeden, who said the unwanted encounters came in 2006 while Mr. Franken was still a comic, as they were doing a tour to entertain American troops.
How convenient. Have you ever noticed the guilty tend to have selective memories?
Proving that talk is cheap, Franken said “I respect women. I don’t respect men who don’t. And the fact that my own actions have given people a good reason to doubt that makes me feel ashamed.”
It’s a shame his actions completely contradict his belated apology.
Now, fellow Senators are saying Franken will face a grilling by the Senate ethics committee.
Ms. Tweeden, an anchor on TalkRadio 790 KABC in Los Angeles, said in a post on her company’s website that Mr. Franken had written a sketch for the two of them to act out together during the tour. While rehearsing the sketch, Ms. Tweeden said, Mr. Franken forcibly kissed her and later had a photo taken of himself grabbing her chest while she slept, the Washington Times reports.
“You knew exactly what you were doing. You forcibly kissed me without my consent, grabbed my breasts while I was sleeping and had someone take a photo of you doing it, knowing I would see it later, and be ashamed,” Ms. Tweeden said in the post.
Ms. Tweeden said at a press conference Thursday that she wanted to encourage other women to step forward. She said she was spurred by the account of Rep. Jackie Speier, a California Democrat who has gone public with her own account of being harassed as a young Capitol Hill staffer.
“People make mistakes. I’m not calling for him to step down. That’s not my place to say that,” Ms. Tweeden said. “If there were other people that come out and say he’s done this — I don’t know.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, and Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, said Mr. Franken will face a review from the Senate’s ethics committee.
“As with all credible allegations of sexual harassment or assault, I believe the ethics committee should review the matter. I hope the Democratic leader will join me on this. Regardless of party, harassment and assault are completely unacceptable — in the workplace or anywhere else,” Mr. McConnell said.
Mr. Franken said he will “gladly cooperate” in the investigation.
“I certainly don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann. As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn’t. I shouldn’t have done it,” Mr. Franken said in a statement.
Mr. Franken was elected to the Senate in 2008 and won re-election in 2014 after a career in comedy that included mocking conservative pundits.
Mr. Franken also came under fire from President Trump, who famously bragged of groping women during a 2005 Access Hollywood interview.
“The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps? …..” the president tweeted late Thursday. “And to think that just last week he was lecturing anyone who would listen about sexual harassment and respect for women.”
On Thursday, he became toxic for colleagues.
Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin Democrat, said on MSNBC that she intends to donate all the funds she received from Mr. Franken’s PAC to charity. She is also up for re-election next year.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee called on other senators to also give up Franken-tainted money, and demanded that Democrats — particularly those like Ms. Baldwin who are up for re-election — denounce their colleague.
Many of them have, and it has just barely begun.
With any luck, Al Franken will realize he is unfit for office, and will resign.
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