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Top Democrats Admit They Regret Supporting Resignation of Franken

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At least four top Democrats are now regretting their decisions to support Al Franken’s resignation. After eight accusers have come forward to accuse Senator Franken of sexual misconduct, including photographic evidence in one case, apparently his fellow Democrats feel they “rushed to judgement.”

Franken announced that he would be resigning over the allegations  “in the coming weeks.” The transition to his replacement has already begun. Franken has been accused of groping and forcibly kissing women and though he sort of apologized, it was pretty weak. It was one of those “I don’t really remember it like that but if I did something offensive then I guess I’m sorry” type apologies. And of course, his spokesperson said Franken “has never intentionally engaged in this kind of conduct.”

Now, fellow Democrats are urging him to reconsider leaving. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), had originally supported Franken’s resignation. But Politico reports that his has since told Franken he regrets it. Also from Politico:

 “I think we acted prematurely, before we had all the facts,” said a third senator who has also called for the resignation, and has since expressed regret directly to Franken. “In retrospect, I think we acted too fast.” The senator asked not to be named because of the political sensitivity of the issue among Democrats.

Two of the senators who issued resignation calls told POLITICO they felt rushed to weigh in, as they were focused on hearings and other meetings and pressure on Franken mounted. In retrospect they said they signed off on statements without the appropriate care and thought.

Not all Democrats have changed their tune. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand remains supportive of the resignation. Gillibrand said she believes in a zero tolerance policy.

Outside of Washington, Franken has found support as well. There is actually a “Feminists for Franken” Facebook group set up by a former New York state Supreme Court Judge. She says ““I and many other people — and specifically feminists — feel that it’s not too late, that he should not resign, and that the rush to sweep him out was ill-conceived, and we think that he has been supportive of women and women’s issues. Although we do deplore any kind of gender-based misconduct, we think at the same time he is entitled to a fair hearing.”

So where were the “Feminists for Roy Moore?” Wasn’t he entitled to a fair shake? Oh wait, that would never ever apply to a Republican.

Do you think those Democrats might now feel that they “rushed to judgement” on Roy Moore? After all, the allegations against him had absolutely no evidence and were 40 years old. Add to that the convenient timing of the attacks on Moore, and it would seem it would be prudent to actually have evidence before convicting him in the court of public opinion. But Moore was not afforded the luxury of the benefit of the doubt, because he is a Republican.

This is typical politics. I don’t know why it continues to surprise me. Hypocrisy is rampant in the political realm. Democrats will always come up with excuses about why their situation is somehow different. In this case, it actually was different. Roy Moore deserved a fair shake because there was no evidence. Can Al Franken supporters say the same for Al?

Source: Politico

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