The parliamentary beheading of Al Franken pains me still. It hurts. I get why Senate Democrats felt they had to cut him loose (i.e., they wouldn’t have any moral authority in subsequent sexual harassment cases if they hadn’t). But God, what a shame. Plus the fact that the initial Leeann Tweeden USO accusation felt to me like a semi-orchestrated rightwing hit job. I’m not saying Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was wrong to call for his resignation, but it does muddle my perception of her. She’s not going to make it anyhow — face it.
I know the issue of Sen. Franken is hard for many Democrats. But he had eight credible sexual harassment allegations against him, and I had to choose whether to stay silent, or not. If some megadonors have a problem with that, that's on them. pic.twitter.com/POLWcTQUsY
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) March 19, 2019