Mixed Reactions Locally to Franken Resignation

Tina Dupuy

Several women who accused Sen.

Dupuy becomes the eighth woman to accuse Franken of unwanted sexual advances and her accusations come only a day after another woman accused the two-term senator of forcibly trying to kiss her following a taping of his radio show in 2006.

The "people like me" line is a reference to Franken's Saturday Night Live character Stuart Smalley, an awkward tv host who was known for stroking his own ego in a series called "Daily Affirmation".

Despite the backlash, Kemplin said she has no regrets.

The allegations against Franken began less than three weeks ago.

A fifth woman comes forward with an allegation.

Menz accused Franken of groping her while posing for a photo together at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010.

Arizona Congressman Trent Franks said to be resigning amid misconduct claims
The governor is required to establish the date of the primary election within 72 hours of the seat being officially vacated. Franks is also a member of the House Freedom Caucus, a hard-right faction that has often clashed with Republican leaders.

Franken's colleagues initially called for an ethics investigation into his behavior, but as more allegations against him came to light, they demanded his resignation from the Senate. His hope to continue doing the important work he was elected to do is now an impossibility, and so he announced his resignation on Thursday from the floor of the Senate. Franken has issued multiple statements apologizing in some instances and saying that he does not remember other alleged incidents or remembers them differently.

A Senate Ethics panel announces it has opened a preliminary inquiry into Franken. Kirsten Gillibrand wrote on Wednesday in a statement on Facebook. I was excited for that conversation and hopeful that it would result in real change that made life better for women all across the country and in every part of our society. It will take effect sometime in the next few weeks.

He had been scheduled to speak and promote his book, "Al Franken, Giant of the Senate".

Tweeden pointed to the seven other women who have come forward with stories of Franken's misconduct, saying that it's "between those women and God, who's lying".

"It wasn't an apology, it was very defiant", she said.

After Kemplin came forward, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the Democratic leader would not comment on the allegation against one of his fellow Democrats.

"He's taking no ownership, and I just feel that he's calling all of us liars", she told the outlet. "I feel sadness that he's having to leave a job because of the actions that he's taken, but it's unfortunate he's left a wake of women in his path that have had bad interactions with him".

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