KABC news radio anchor Leeann Tweeden just published an explosive story in which she not only alleges that Minnesota Senator Al Franken groped her sexually against her will, she actually has a photograph to prove it:
The alleged assault took place back in 2006, before Franken had been elected to the senate and while he and Tweeden were on a USO tour in the Middle East. Tweeden also accused the former SNL funnyman of pressuring her into a kiss by writing it into a skit they were to perform and then insisting that they rehearse it. When rehearsal time came around, however, Tweeden says that Franken “aggressively stuck his tongue“ in her mouth.
It was after spurning his advances that Franken purportedly groped Tweeden while she was asleep during the flight home. Franken apparently had a photographer take a picture of him in the act, which ended up on a CD given to Tweeden to commemorate the trip.
Given the photographic evidence, there can be little doubt as to what happened. The question, however, is what the Senate leadership will do now that they have been given concrete evidence of Franken’s misconduct. Will he be given a pass—or will he be subjected to the same standards that are being applied to Roy Moore, who also stands accused of sexual harassment and assault?
National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Cory Gardner—who is a Senator himself—has already stated plainly what should happen if Moore wins election next month. “I believe the individuals speaking out against Roy Moore spoke with courage and truth,“ he said, “proving he is unfit to serve in the United States Senate and he should not run for office. If he refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate.”
I’d venture that groping a woman who is dead asleep doesn’t meet those requirements either. So this puts the Senate in a rather tight spot. If they don’t move to expel Franken, given the photographic evidence against him, how can they do the same to Moore when they only have the testimony of his alleged victims?
The answer is clear. Franken needs to resign immediately, and if he refuses to go the Senate needs to dump him.