Fifty percent of voters believe Sen. Al Franken (D-Minnesota) should resign from office, following the recent sexual misconduct allegations, according to a Politico/Morning Consult poll. Forty six percent believe he should be expelled.
There is a lot wrong with Sen. Franken’s behavior. And it is not just in the distant past. Just a few weeks ago, he harassed a female judicial nominee at her nomination hearings. It was not sexual harassment, but harassment it was.
I am talking about now-Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the Seventh Circuit. Several Democrats, including Franken, unnecessarily and unjustly barraged the judge for her faith. But Franken was especially condescending, hammering Judge Barret for speaking at a conference for the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF).
ADF is one of the premiere religious liberty organizations in the country with an impeccable reputation. But Franken went on and on about Judge Barret getting paid by this organization that (horror of horrors) believes in God’s model for marriage and sexuality.
“I question your judgment,” said the man in the picture acting like he is groping a woman sleeping. “The root word of judgment is judge,” he said to a supremely qualified female judicial nominee with an impeccable record.
The woman Sen. Franken groped said about the incident on the picture:
I couldn’t believe it. He groped me, without my consent, while I was asleep.
I felt violated all over again. Embarrassed. Belittled. Humiliated.
How dare anyone grab my breasts like this and think it’s funny?
How can he think it is funny, she asks? It sure sounds like bad judgment, doesn’t it? But yet, he is the one sitting in judgment of Judge Barrett and others as a U.S. Senator?
No, count me in with the 50% that think he should resign.
He should resign and then learn to respect others, especially those with whom he disagrees. His SNL-style politics often provide him with big laughs and a big ego, I’m sure, but that is precisely the opposite of what we need in the U.S. Senate.
News that taxpayers have paid $17 million to settle a plethora of Congressional sexual misconduct and discrimination suits is a painful reminder that we must demand a higher moral standard of conduct from our public officials.
Speaking on the topic, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Penny Nance told FOX NEWS, “We have to expose this in order to get rid of the moral decay.”
Penny correctly pointed out that, “because we have ignored this, it’s been allowed to flourish.” She is absolutely right.
Sen. Franken’s antics inside and outside the Senate have been reprehensible, and they should not be ignored any longer.