Senator Franken,

I write to you not just about your reputed pending career decision, but about a matter of utmost importance: The future of the Democratic Party.

Like many Americans, I have been watching with great interest the unfolding of the saga which started with the accusations of Leeann Tweeden, and the revelation of the now-famous photograph from the USO Tour. At the time the story first broke, I found myself reading all I could find on the subject. What I found, included pictures of Ms. Tweeden acting towards male members of USO Tours in much the same way, suggest to me that the now infamous photo was indicative not of assault (as it’s normally understood) as she no alleges, but of an atmosphere of adult-themed humor that seems to have been a part and parcel of both the on- and off-stage nature of the Tour.

A theme of which Ms. Tweeden was seemingly quite comfortable and participatory at the time.

It all seemed much ado about nothing. Still, you did the adult thing and apologized anyway.

Then came allegations of groping during a public photoshoot at a State Fair, with the supposed victim’s husband taking the photo. This I found so absurd that I find it difficult to believe it has to be addressed. Still, you made a statement saying that you don’t recall the incident and explaining how any such “groping” would have been unintentional.

Then more allegations of similar sort and several from Anonymous sources including some which you’ve explicitly denied (as opposed to the decidedly more generous “recall differently” prior statements).

Then again, many of the women with whom you’ve worked for many years, came forward with completely different stories of you. Stories of how you helped and supported them and how they didn’t believe these allegations.

By this point, it seems clear that this is a “hit” designed to be a “death of a thousand cuts” which started with a Republican operative (Tweeden) and has progressed to the point where we now have Democratic Senators demanding that you resign the senate.

I have three points to make here:

First, let me say that I find the allegations against you to be ludicrous. Those of Ms. Tweeden for the reasons described above, and the others because it is unbelievable that you, or anyone else, would assault anyone in full view of the cameras (and a supposed victim’s husband!) anywhere outside of the Playboy Mansion – let alone at the State Fair.

Second, if I am mistaken, and these allegations are true, then I think they likely rise to the point where a censure might be appropriate. The answer as to whether they do indeed rise to such a level, is a matter best handled by the Senate Ethics Committee. Commendably, you, yourself, have called for just such an investigation.

Third, and most critical, I do not agree with the 32 Democratic Senators (as of this writing) who have called for you to resign. In fact, based on the facts as I understand them, I find their call for you to do so to be so outrageous that it makes me question my support for the Democratic Party itself.

I understand that the 32 Senators intend to put forth a “Zero Tolerance” policy towards Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault, and I agree with such a policy. However, the USO photo, in the aforementioned context of the tour, is neither. If the “groping at the Fair” allegations count, then either you suffer from a truly bizarre ‘State Fair Derangement’ that causes different behavior in public photoshoots at the fair than with female colleagues, or any innocent contact is Harassment and/or Assault.

If it’s the former, seek help.

If it’s the latter, then exactly how low a bar are we willing to accept as Harassment or Assault? Perhaps I was assaulted (and did plenty of assaulting) at every concert, NYE party, or any other crowded event I ever attended.

I also understand that these Senators are concerned with appearing to be hypocritical with regards to their support of women and the “me too” movement, and their condemnation victimizers. However, I do not see that anything of the sort has been shown in this case and a knee-jerk “the accused must go” without any critical evaluation of the claims whatsoever, only makes things worse, not better no matter the intent.

Again, if I am wrong, and the various allegations are true, especially those that supposedly happed behind closed doors (such as “forced kissing”), as opposed to at the Fair, then I will stand corrected and censure is most certainly in order.

But what the Democratic “Leadership” is doing, rather than supporting the “me too” victims, is:

1) Ignoring the fact that this looks contrived and over blown,

2) Over-reacting to the facts as we know them, and

3) Cheapening, rather than supporting, the “me too” movement.

If they Democratic Leadership cannot see this for the “hit job” it so clearly seems to be, and are so ready are they to turn on one of their own, one who has been a strong voice for Democratic Values, then they are not my “Leadership”, the Democrats are not my party, and they will not have my vote.

In short, if you resign from the Senate, and do so not because you are truly guilty (of a lot more than currently seems to be the case) but because of pressure from the Democratic “Leadership”, you will take me with you, out of the Democratic Party.

And there are Millions more like me out there.

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gumball's picture
gumball 27 weeks 5 days ago
#1
Quote Robin_Jefferson:

A theme of which Ms. Tweeden was seemingly quite comfortable and participatory at the time.

You seem to be suggesting here that she was "asking for it"?

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jpintar 27 weeks 5 days ago
#2

I absolutely agree with every word. We know that Al Franken did not assault any women. Period. Amen! That this was political, for sure and I wish he could fight it. Political on the weak-kneed, scaredy-cat Democrats, and vicious, and very smart of the Republicans to get rid of the best and most favorite Senator in the Democratic party.

I, too, will look closely at any Democrat I vote for in the future. Especially Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, who I would have sworn would have been much braver to go along with the crowd asking for Al's dismissal. And all the rest of them. They gave up one of America's longest and most cherished rights: Innocent until proven guilty. Even the monster in the Oval Office hasn't been proven guilty (except by his own bragging confessions). This will be end of the Democratic party. The whole reign of Donald Trump (and I believe he is behind all this) will so destroy all the good that is left in government, business, justice and will take decades upon decades to erase. God help us.

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zapdam. 27 weeks 5 days ago
#3

"I also understand that these Senators are concerned with appearing to be hypocritical with regards to their support of women and the “me too” movement, and their condemnation victimizers."

That above comment I think encompasses the entire move to oust Senator Frankin . Add to that "I understand that the 32 Senators intend to put forth a “Zero Tolerance” policy towards Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault, and I agree with such a policy." MOST i might add are too afraid to oppose 'the me too crowd' for fear of political retribution, retribution perhaps even motivated and financed by right wing provacatuers.

This Senator Franken resignation is a total WIN WIN for the Republican Party. The sex hysteria tide has offered up one of the democrats biggest brightest stars and inturn done away with the Republicans biggest pain in their collective arses, with the help of course of 'politically correct' liberals .

What started as disbelief that the right wing would support a pedophile as their candidate for no other reason than political expediency, has opened the door of for women like 'Leeann Tweeden' looking for their spot light of 15 minutes of fame AND ENDED the career of what should been perhaps Americas NEXT PRESIDENT, the Honorable Senator Frankin.

To compare the acusations against Roy Moore with those of Senator Frankin is sheer lunacy. Liberals in America never fail to GRAB DEFEAT from the JAWS of potential VICTORY. Congratualtions. Some of the DUMBEST people on the planet.

Robin_Jefferson 27 weeks 5 days ago
#4
Quote gumball:
Quote Robin_Jefferson:

A theme of which Ms. Tweeden was seemingly quite comfortable and participatory at the time.

You seem to be suggesting here that she was "asking for it"?

Asking for “it”? What, exactly, is the “it” to which you refer? And how, am I suggesting she was “asking” for this “it”?

The “it” seen in the picture is hardly the sexual assault it’s been portrayed to be. Inappropriate? Perhaps, but one has to consider the context. The entire tour seems to have been filled with an atmosphere of sexual innuendo. And the photo does not even make it clear that there was even contact, but if so, it was with a flak jacket. Hardy what one things about when one says “cop a feel”.

What I AM saying is that Tweeden is not some naive kid from Little Town, USA, who’s away from home for the first time and is being taken advantage of by the big bad wolves out in the world. Rather, she is an adult who has made an entire career centered around sexual innuendo, and to then to pick this one instance and say, “Oh, my gosh! I’m so Offended by this sexual innuendo!” is disingenuous at best.

Have you seen other photos of her grabbing the guitarist’s ass on the tour? Here’s a 10s clip of how it happened. (There are longer ones that give even more context)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJidGI-NMd0

Tweeden goes up to the guitarist while he’s playing on stage and rubs her butt up against his. He looks at her and puts his hand on her butt, and she responds by smacking his and then moving back towards her previous position on stage.

It all seemed to be in “good fun”, as it were, but what if after he put his hand on her, she’d suddenly become all offended? “OMFG, I can’t believe you did that! I feel so embarrassed and degraded!”

Tweeden’s claim seems to be based on the fact that she was asleep at the time the photo was taken. Fair enough, but how does she describe the incident?

“I felt violated all over again. Embarrassed. Belittled. Humiliated.

How dare anyone grab my breasts like this and think it’s funny?

I told my husband everything that happened and showed him the picture.

I wanted to shout my story to the world with a megaphone to anyone who would listen, but even as angry as I was, I was worried about the potential backlash and damage going public might have on my career as a broadcaster.

But that was then, this is now. I’m no longer afraid.”

Given the greater context, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”

gumball's picture
gumball 27 weeks 4 days ago
#5
Quote Robin_Jefferson:
Quote gumball:
Quote Robin_Jefferson:

A theme of which Ms. Tweeden was seemingly quite comfortable and participatory at the time.

You seem to be suggesting here that she was "asking for it"?

Asking for “it”? What, exactly, is the “it” to which you refer? And how, am I suggesting she was “asking” for this “it”?

The “it” seen in the picture is hardly the sexual assault it’s been portrayed to be. Inappropriate? Perhaps, but one has to consider the context. The entire tour seems to have been filled with an atmosphere of sexual innuendo. And the photo does not even make it clear that there was even contact, but if so, it was with a flak jacket. Hardy what one things about when one says “cop a feel”.

What I AM saying is that Tweeden is not some naive kid from Little Town, USA, who’s away from home for the first time and is being taken advantage of by the big bad wolves out in the world. Rather, she is an adult who has made an entire career centered around sexual innuendo, and to then to pick this one instance and say, “Oh, my gosh! I’m so Offended by this sexual innuendo!” is disingenuous at best.

Have you seen other photos of her grabbing the guitarist’s ass on the tour? Here’s a 10s clip of how it happened. (There are longer ones that give even more context)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJidGI-NMd0

Tweeden goes up to the guitarist while he’s playing on stage and rubs her butt up against his. He looks at her and puts his hand on her butt, and she responds by smacking his and then moving back towards her previous position on stage.

It all seemed to be in “good fun”, as it were, but what if after he put his hand on her, she’d suddenly become all offended? “OMFG, I can’t believe you did that! I feel so embarrassed and degraded!”

Tweeden’s claim seems to be based on the fact that she was asleep at the time the photo was taken. Fair enough, but how does she describe the incident?

“I felt violated all over again. Embarrassed. Belittled. Humiliated.

How dare anyone grab my breasts like this and think it’s funny?

I told my husband everything that happened and showed him the picture.

I wanted to shout my story to the world with a megaphone to anyone who would listen, but even as angry as I was, I was worried about the potential backlash and damage going public might have on my career as a broadcaster.

But that was then, this is now. I’m no longer afraid.”

Given the greater context, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”

Perhaps it was when she saw the photo?

Again, you seem to be suggesting that she was asking for it the way she performed on stage.

By "it" I mean sticking his tongue down her throat. By sexually belittling her in front of the other folks in the tour group while she was or was not asleep.

This is why politicians get away with it, from Trump to Clinton to Moore and everyone in between. Because we, the people, get all tribal and defend "our team".

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DdC 27 weeks 4 days ago
#6

And they want to win an election...
https://i.imgflip.com/20rauq.jpg

Shame for the Country when citizens can't tell the difference between molesting an 8th grade student and adult sexual harassment. Or to justify it to win an election. I wonder how many other GOP dads let their 14 year old daughters go out with 32 year old men?

Roy Moore and Doug Jones:
Two vastly different stories of young girls

What would Roy Moore think of a 32 year old Black Man molesting a 14 year old school girl?

"Trump Goes All In For Serial Child Molester Roy Moore In Alabama Senate Race"
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Alabama Official: Bible Justifies
Roy Moore’s Sex Abuse Of Teen Girls

Roy Moore: My date called me a pedophile.

Still Think The Two Parties Are the Same?
Anthony Weiner: Liberals ended his career as soon as the 1st dick pic surfaced.

Roy Moore: Conservatives are using biblical stories to defend this pedophile.

Roy Moore's Personal interest
in the education of young Americans.

https://i.imgur.com/XZCCe03.png

Judge Roy Moore
https://i.imgflip.com/1z9spn.jpg
I never touched that 14 year old girl, besides, this is Alabama... and she's my sister so it was OK.

Roy Moore Comes Out
https://i.imgflip.com/1z6ev9.jpg

What Roy Moore Loves
About Middle School Girls

https://i.imgur.com/iYwAx2h.png

The Perfect GOP Candidate
https://i.imgflip.com/1wln4p.jpg

Nice cowboy costume
Do you do children's birthday parties?

https://i.imgflip.com/20sjwv.jpg

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Dianereynolds 27 weeks 4 days ago
#7
Quote DdC:Nice cowboy costume Do you do children's birthday parties? https://i.imgflip.com/20sjwv.jpg

No, but once in a while I like to pretend....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eaXico84_E

https://www.google.com/search?q=fla+jackson+congresswoman+hat+lady&sourc...

DdC's picture
DdC 27 weeks 3 days ago
#8

DiDi Lil Grasshopper you leap around so much, avoiding issues. I have to wonder if you too are dizzy? No worries. Cannabis for dizziness, nausea or headache.. Are you daft girl? Its not about Roy Moore dressing up pretending he's a cowboy. That's his right. Its about what he does when he is dressed up as a cowboy molesting little girls in the 8th grade when he was 32. By not seeing the difference you fall into the same boiling pot of lobsters known as the Senate. Frederica Wilson never molested kids. Get a grip, for the sake of the children. If Moore couldn't handle his authority as Ass.DA, what kind of perversions will he unleash as a US Senator? In an American city, outside of the Alabama isolationist protection. I'm sure the white trash Leninist GOPerverts believe sacrificing kids is a small price to pay for tinkle down Voodoo exonomics. But I'd wager most true Americans don't.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DQU_UJ5WkAUGYZp.jpg:small

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Dianereynolds 27 weeks 3 days ago
#9

Sorry. I was trying to avoid this,

Mysterious condition dubbed 'scromiting' hits weed smokers across the US and causes them to vomit AND scream

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5150081/Heavy-marijuana-users-sh...

al3's picture
al3 27 weeks 2 days ago
#10

Weak, weak Dems...unilaterally disarming. Yup, this will sure create excitement and enthusiasm in their base. Why get excited about a party that never fights?! A party that throws up the white flag! Wimps. Why should I give them time, money and votes.?. The answer is.......I won't.

Just tuned into Thom's show for the first time in awhile...seems he just took a phone poll as to whether Franken should have resigned? Good. Dems need to focus on questions like this.....Not how bad Trump or Roy Moore is. And the no brainer answer to the Franken question ...that I haven't heard Franken nor Conyers say...when they had the media bullhorn..... is....SURE I WILL RESIGN....IF PRESIDENT TRUMP DOES....IF ROY MOORE DOES..

Instead , typical of the clueless, weak losers they are.....Dems are like little lambs laying down for the slaughter. What they don't understand, in their naivety, is that tribalism is what wins these days.

Just another reason why I will never give Dems another dime of my money. F 'em. I'm done. And yup, they'd better come up something better than "Trump bad!" in '18 and '20 or I am sitting at home, instead of voting for what's become a milquetoast social issues party.

One of these days, people will start realizing we need to blame the Democratic Party for that clueless dolt in the Oval office. Wonder how bad Dems will have to get in their bumbling, noodle spined ineptitide for people to start realizing it.

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Marsh In Florida 27 weeks 2 days ago
#11

I agree 100%, and I have very serious questions as to how these women can live with themselves after working so feverishly to make Franken so uncomfortable that he would change his position from submitting to an ethics committee review to resigning? Just the photo alone which caused all the mayhem clearly shows that (1) his hands never touched Ms. Tweeden's breasts, (2) he was doing what he always did as an entertainer, that is "acting" for the camera, and (3) Ms. Tweeden never woke up. Could she have actually slept through him groping her breasts if he had done so? I truly doubt it. And really, how uncommon is it for a man taking a photo with a woman who wants her photo taken with him to put his arm around her waste?

Couple that with the conduct of Trump who openly admits to groping women against their will just because he's "famous," and Roy Moore who has dozens of women telling their own horror stories that no one seems to care to listen to and who has been removed from office not once, but twice, for unconstitutional conduct which should make him ineligible to serve in the Senate. And let's not forget Matt Lauer who no one yet has said he should be tried for kidnapping by locking his office door so that his lady of the day cannot leave, how in hell can anyone - man or woman - compare Al Franken with any of these other pedophiles and rapists? Is it merely because Sen. Franken has said he's sorry, but none of the others did?

These women who forced Sen. Franken's hand to where he could not longer feel comfortable serving his constituency should all be voted out of office. They are making a mockery of the justice system that Sen. Franken should have been entitled to be judged by. They have appointed themselves judge, jury and executioners of a man who did not then, and does not now, deserve such swift and brutal punishment.

I for one surely hopes Senator Franken reconsiders his statement that he will be leaving in a few weeks. There are not too many truly honest senators serving who care so much for the people he serves. He should not be falling on his sword at the whim of a bunch of thoughtless, spineless women and men who don't have one bit of his character.

I liken the comparison of Al Franken being the poor man who gets caught stealing a loaf of bread and being subjected to a 7-year jail sentence, while the banksters and corporate thieves found guilty of robbing the public of billions of dollars receive Zero jail time, and a financial penalty tantamount to two-weeks work at continuing their slimy conduct.

I have Zero tolerance for the 32 people who could not find their own asses without a map.

Marsh In Florida's picture
Marsh In Florida 27 weeks 2 days ago
#12

There are some women in congress right now, one I know of for sure, who know there are many more men in congress who take liberties with their fellow female colleagues, yet none of these women will come forward and name names. Yet, they feel justified in making an innocent man like Al Franken do the time for what some other men have done to them. Al Franken, unlike those other monsters, has never been convicted of a crime, so why should he have to step down?

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Dianereynolds 27 weeks 2 days ago
#13

@#12

Aside from being a little carpetbagging sleezball,

http://dailycaller.com/2017/11/21/a-definitive-collection-of-creepy-al-f...

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