Al Franken’s tenure as a U.S. Senator may be at the breaking point.
Two more women have come forward – women who apparently do not know each other – both telling the same “he grabbed my butt” story.
From Jenavieve Hatch and Zachary Roth’s article at (decidedly Democrat-leaning) huffingtonpost.com:
Two more women have told HuffPost that Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) touched their butts in separate incidents. These are the third and fourth such allegations against Franken in the past week. Leeann Tweeden, a radio host, wrote last week that Franken had kissed and groped her without her consent during a 2006 USO tour. On Monday, Lindsay Menz accused Franken of groping her at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010.
The two additional women, who said they were not familiar with each others’ stories, both spoke on condition of anonymity. But their stories, which describe events during Franken’s first campaign for the Senate, are remarkably similar — and both women have been telling them privately for years.
In a statement to HuffPost, Franken said, “It’s difficult to respond to anonymous accusers, and I don’t remember those campaign events.”
So tell us: how does it “feel” (bad pun there) to be accused of doing something there is no way to defend yourself against, Al? Remind you of any Republican senatorial candidates you’ve heard about recently?
For Democrats, this may well be another “be careful what you wish for, you just might get it” event. Because between the growing number of women accusing Franken, and a just-released poll showing that only 22% of voters feel he should stay in the Senate, it seems likely his days are numbered.
But before Republican do any rejoicing, it should also be noted that a) Roy Moore does even worse in this poll, with 57% of the sample saying he should summarily be kicked out if he wins…and b) we now have the repulsive information that Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), in that wonderful tradition of Anthony Weiner, sexted penis pictures to a former lady friend.
What we are learning – those of us who didn’t already assume it to be true – is that the entertainment business, and the media business, and politics, all have a very large component of cesspool dwelling inhabitants.
Maybe we will be lucky enough to lose a few the more egregious offenders in the near future.
That would give us a lot more to be thankful for tomorrow, wouldn’t it?