I don’t have a lot of time to write this morning as I slept late because last night was Book Club Night and that’s the night I always stay up way past my bedtime. But – today Al Franken resigns, and I wanted to comment on that a little bit.
I definitely believe there is a scale of transgressions as the wave of women come forward about being victims of sexual assault and predation. I definitely believe Franken was on the more benign end of that scale. But exactly where he falls on that scale – I decided – is not relevant to the discussion about his resignation. What is relevant for him as a Senator is: Can he do his job? And while he has done a lot to push a Progressive agenda in the past, the ripple effects of his revealed transgressions are already indicating that his name doesn’t not instill trust. This was the story that really brought it home to me: Sen. Al Franken Takes His Name Off Sexual Assault Bill.
A rape survivor who worked with him and his staff to write this bill had to ask him to remove his name because she worried it would not be passed if it had his name on it. And she’s right. And at that moment he became ineffective and his constituents could suffer because of that.
Does it make me sad he’s resigning? Yes. How do I feel about the reports of his transgressions? Disappointed. We all knew that “funny guy” right? Does this put him on the same level as Roy Moore? Definitely not. Do I think it’s unfair that the Democrats are holding their people to higher standards than the Republicans? Yes. But I also know that they stood by Trump even after many of of his transgressions came to light so I can’t say I’m surprised.
In the end – simply put – someone resigns from their job when they can’t do it effectively and that’s what Franken is doing right now and I think it’s the right move.