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Al Franken Thanks His Supporters Before His Impending Resignation
Speaking on Thursday in Minneapolis, Senator Al Franken thanked his supporters and promised to keep fighting for Democratic causes.
“Serving the people of Minnesota in the United States Senate has been the honor of my life, and I’m here tonight to say thank you,” the comedian-turned-politician said.
After a series of allegations of sexual misconduct recently came his way, a host of Democratic lawmakers called for his resignation and Franken obliged.
“Let me be clear,” he said Thursday. “I may be resigning my seat, but I am not giving up my voice.”
During the 20-minute speech which was streamed on Facebook, an emotional Franken thanked his wife and his colleagues and spoke of what he had been able to accomplish during his time in office.
Praising his wife, Franken said, “Politics is a hard job. I don’t know how anyone manages to do it without being married to someone who is so loyal, so selfless, so tough, so caring. Frankly, I don’t know how anyone manages to do it without being married to Franni … Franni has been by my side during every step of this journey, just as she has been throughout our 42 years of marriage.”
On his time in politics, Franken added:
When I think about the last decade or so of my life through the lens of the people I’ve met, the people I’ve had the privilege to work alongside of, the people whose lives I’ve had the honor [of] fighting to improve, I feel hopeful for the future of our country.
Franken also expressed the pride he felt in being able to call Minnesota his home. “I feel grateful beyond words for the support that you have shown me and for the trust that you have placed in me and for the chance you took on me,” he said.
Despite calls from his colleagues to resign a survey conducted by Public Policy Polling shows that 50 percent of Minnesotan voters do not think Franken should resign as he plans to in early January.