Falsely Accused Al Franken Hints At Political Comeback

(PatriotWise.com)- A surprise candidate might jump back into the political spectrum soon.
On Monday, Al Franken, who is a former senator from Minnesota, said he’s “keeping my options open” on whether he’ll ever run for public office in the future. In 2017, Franken resigned from his position after being accused of sexual misconduct.
Franken spoke with The Republican, a newspaper based in Massachusetts, about his political future. He said he currently has a political action committee of his own, and added that at least nine of his former colleagues have issued a public apology for not supporting him when the sexual misconduct allegations were first made public.
He told the paper:
“Well, I wanted due process, but I had 36 colleagues and a majority leader who wouldn’t give it to me, so it was impossible.”
Franken did say, though, that he does “have some regrets.” He added:
“It was a very weird, tough situation at that moment. I love the Senate. I love the work that I did.”
Franken is a former comedian who entered the political fray. For now, he said he is turning his total focus to comedy. He’ll be starting a comedy tour later this month called “The Only Former U.S. Senator Currently on Tour.”
He commented on the upcoming tour:
“Right now, my focus is on doing this [tour] and doing other stuff that is more politically blatant.”
Franken rose to comedy fame by being a founding writer of “Saturday Night Live.” He later became a full cast member of the sketch comedy show that became hugely popular.
Following a stint on SNL, Franken was elected to the Senate for the first time in 2008.
Now, he told The Republican that he believes his upcoming comedy tour is a meaningful way that he can continue to contribute to the political discourse. He explained:
“I’ve always tried to make a difference satirically. Because I believe comedy and satire is a very valid way — and sometimes almost a more productive way — of affecting public opinion.”
In December of 2017, Franken announced that he would be resigning as U.S. Senator from Minnesota. One month after that, he officially left his position in Washington.
The decision to step down was made after eight different women accused Franken of sexual misconduct. A photo that showed Franken pretending to grope some woman while she was sleeping was also released at the time.
In July of 2019, Franken spoke with The New Yorker magazine that he “absolutely” regretted the fact that he resigned from the Senate. Seven of his former colleagues on the Senate also told the magazine at the time that they regretted that they demanded that Franken step down from his position.
One of those colleagues was Vermont Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy. He said that he supported Franken’s resignation before he gathered more facts on the issue. He called it “one of the biggest mistakes I’ve made” in the 45 years he has been on the U.S. Senate.