Will Al Franken resign, as Minnesota Public Radio reported yesterday? Or does he plan to stick around and fight? Franken’s office denied the MPR report yesterday afternoon and now says that he will go to the Senate floor this morning to announce his decision about whether to stay or go:
Democratic Party leaders united Wednesday in calling for Sen. Al Franken to resign from the U.S. Senate, an extraordinary rebuke to the Minnesota Democrat as he faced a new allegation of sexual harassment.
Franken planned to make an announcement about his future Thursday morning on the Senate floor. A top Democratic official told the Star Tribune that Franken planned to resign, but the senator’s staff insisted no final decision had been made.
Yesterday’s belated gang-up on Franken clearly intended to resolve the scandal immediately, but didn’t quite achieve its purpose. That may have been because of the hypocrisy involved.