Two new accusers have come forward to accuse Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) of inappropriately touching them during his 2008 Senate campaign.
The Huffington Post reported:
The first woman, a 38-year-old book editor who was living in Minneapolis at the time, told HuffPost that she had just finished performing with a feminist choir at the Women’s Political Caucus event, which Franken and his wife, Franni Bryson, attended. After the ceremony, she and other members of the choir approached him for photos.
“My mother loves Al Franken. She listened to Air America [on which Franken had a radio show] every day,” the first woman said. ”I saw him and asked if we could take a photo together for my mother, and we stood next to each other … and down his hand went.
The second woman, who said she was groped at a fundraiser, told HuffPost it took place in the fall of 2008 at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. She was excited about attending the event and meeting someone she wanted to support.
“I shook his hand, and he put his arm around my waist and held it there,” the second woman said. “Then he moved it lower and cupped my butt.”
Three women who don’t know each other, during different times, at different events have now accused Sen. Franken of the same behavior. HuffPo was able to corroborate the accounts with people who the accusers told their stories to.
If Al Franken has behaved inappropriately and grabbed women during photos, he needs to acknowledge the behavior and come clean, because it strains common sense to believe that all of these women are not telling the truth about these incidents.
The accusations contain a similar pattern of behavior, and if Sen. Franken has a habit of unwanted touching during photos, he needs to confront these allegations because it will only be a matter of time before more women come forward.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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