On Thursday, Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) released another apology.
He wrote that he “feels terribly that I’ve made some women feel badly.” He described himself as “a warm person” who likes to hug when taking pictures. He acknowledged that his hugs “crossed a line for some women.” He also added that he vows to regain his constituents’ trust. Even though some people called for him to resign, his spokesman repeated that he has no plans of resigning.
In his apology, Franken wrote, “I’ve met tens of thousands of people and taken thousands of photographs, often in crowded and chaotic situations. I’m a warm person; I hug people. I’ve learned from recent stories that in some of those encounters, I crossed a line for some women — and I know that any number is too many.”
He continued, “Some women have found my greetings or embraces for a hug or photo inappropriate, and I respect their feelings about that. I’ve thought a lot in recent days about how that could happen, and recognize that I need to be much more careful and sensitive in these situations. I feel terribly that I’ve made some women feel badly and for that I am so sorry, and I want to make sure that never happens again.”
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He concluded, “And let me say again to Minnesotans that I’m sorry for putting them through this and I’m committed to regaining their trust.”
His new apology comes as three more women claim that he inappropriately touched them when they took pictures with him. They claim that he either fondled them or inappropriately touched their rear side.
His first accuser was Los Angeles radio broadcaster Leanne Tweeden who say that Franken forcibly kissed her and inappropriately touched her during the 2006 USO tour. However, Franken’s military escort disputes Tweeden’s claim.
After Tweeden’s story, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called for a Senate Ethics Committee to look into the incident. Franken has revealed he will cooperate.
According to Franken’s spokesman, Franken is expected to speak to the media on Sunday.
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