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Disgraced Democrat Al Franken could be eyeing a comeback.
At least according to reports.
According to The Washington Free Beacon:
Disgraced former Democratic senator Al Franken says he is keeping his political “options open.”
Franken, who has returned to stand-up comedy since he resigned from the U.S. Senate in 2018 after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment, told a Massachusetts paper that he is considering another bid for public office. “I’m keeping my options open,” Franken told the Republican.
Franken’s soon-to-begin comedy tour, “The Only Former U.S. Senator Currently on Tour,” is an attempt by the two-term senator to impact politics from outside Washington, D.C. “I believe comedy and satire is a very valid way—and sometimes almost a more productive way—of affecting public opinion,” Franken said.
Franken also criticized his Democratic colleagues for forcing him out without giving him a chance to defend himself. “I wanted due process, but I had 36 colleagues and a majority leader who wouldn’t give it to me, so it was impossible. But you do have some regrets. It was a very weird, tough situation at that moment,” Franken said. “I love the Senate. I love the work that I did.”
Franken will not likely be able to return to the Senate where two Democrats, Amy Klobuchar, and Tina Smith hold office currently.