Franken ‘Absolutely’ Regrets Resigning From The Senate

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., reads during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison Eid, on her nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, on Capitol Hill, Wednes... Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., reads during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison Eid, on her nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) MORE LESS
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Former Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) says he “absolutely” regrets resigning from the Senate, adding that he wishes he had appeared before the Senate Ethics Committee to let more details of the sexual harrasment accusations come to light.

A stunning number of current senators told the New Yorker, on the record, that they regret the haste with which they’d joined in calls for Franken’s resignation. They include Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Angus King (I-ME), Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Tom Udall (D-NM).

Read Jane Mayer’s deep dive on the photo that ended Franken’s career — and the reaction it elicited — here.

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  1. Please run again, Al. I’m sure I won’t be the only one gladly contributing to any office you wish to pursue; in fact, I doubt if money will be an issue. Please run again; your country needs you now more than ever.

    PS: Fuck you, Kirsten Gillibrand.

  2. Not gonna lie: Meyer’s story came off like a puff piece. It’s someone trying to salvage their “favorite.”

  3. As my Mama used to say, “if wishes were horses, poor men would ride.”

    Wouldacoulda is human and so is regret but neither worth much unless they contribute to planning: most of us do the best we can with the information we had at the time and, if what happened didn’t work out, then either figure out why and do something different or let it all go downstream.

  4. She will never admit that Roger Stone played her for a fool.

  5. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) says he “absolutely” regrets resigning from the Senate

    Me too. And I second @philmore’s wish that he’d run again.

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