Senator Al Franken reaching the end of the line: Matt's Memo
When even your home state newspaper has decided it is time for you to go. It may well be time for you to go. In six months, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minnesota) has gone from autobiographer, favorite of television news magazines and leading Senate critic of President Trump to a U.S. Senator with a political career hanging by a thread.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune called for his resignation today. They joined the growing chorus of Democratic Senators who are counseling Franken to step aside. New York Senators Gillibrand and Schumer are both among that group. They call Franken a friend, but say the mounting allegations of sexual misconduct have piled too high to allow him to be an effective Senator.
Sen. Gillibrand stood with other female Senators and former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson while calling on Franken to resign. Gillibrand said, “Enough is enough. The women who have come forward are brave and I believe them."
The Democrats have little choice, but to take care of business in their own house. Next week the special election in Alabama may well send Judge Roy Moore to Washington. It would be difficult for Democratic Senators to criticize their new colleague over the accusations of sexual encounters with teenagers if they have not spoken up about Sen. Franken.
Sen. Gillibrand has already been a leader in changing the policies of investigation sexual assaults in the military. She may now become the leader on a similar issue on Capitol Hill.