Al Franken is resigning under pressure from Democrats. The AP says:
Minnesota Sen. Al Franken’s departure from the Senate solves one problem for Democrats, demonstrating their will to push out one of their own when sexual harassment allegations pile up.
Good for the Democrats! Neither party has covered itself in glory over policing its own but it has been a particular problem for the Democrats since Harry Truman left. On the other hand, the press wants him to leave as the lion of the Senate.
Sidebar: Yes this is our less subtle dig at the Democrats as Ted Kennedy is often given that mantle. Teddy is the one who left Mary Jo Kopechne to die, invented Borking, and had problems with females. He is evidence of the difficulty that Democrats have in policing their own. End Sidebar.
He is a 66 year-old celebrity back bencher who is the poster boy for ballot integrity. Yet one AP report we couldn’t find online called him a rising star. Perhaps it was a subtle dig at the Democrats age problem. Another AP report said:
Franken, 66, had gained respect as a serious lawmaker in recent years and had even been mentioned in talk about the 2020 presidential race.