An Emotional Al Franken Publicly Thanks Wife & Supporters Following Resignation Over Sexual Misconduct Claims

al franken public speech following resignation

Al Franken is more than grateful for the supporters who’ve stood by him during his sexual misconduct scandal.

On Thursday evening, the disgraced senator spoke to his constituents in Minneapolis after resigning due to numerous groping allegations. This was the Saturday Night Live alum’s first public appearance since the accusations surfaced.

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Despite choosing to step down from his post, Franken vowed that he isn’t done fighting for Minnesotans. He told the public:

“I may be leaving the Senate but I’m not giving up my voice.”

Of course, there’s been one supporter who has meant the most to the 66-year-old, and that’s his wife of over 40 years, Franni Bryson. While fighting off tears, the seasoned politician noted:

“Whatever it is that we do next we will do it together. While I can never thank her enough for her love and support, I am willing to spend the rest of my life trying, honey.”

Well, at least, Franken has his wife’s support. Earlier in December, Al took to the Senate floor and shared that he’d be quitting his elected post after seven women accused him of inappropriately touching them. Although the comedian-turned-politician didn’t want to step down, as he welcomed a Senate Ethics Committee, his Democratic colleagues pressured him to walk away.

Shockingly, a Democratic leaning poll showed that 50% of Minnesota voters felt Franken should NOT have resigned. He’s still very popular in MN.

Regardless, Franken announced last week that he planned to formally step down on January 2, with Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith stepping in to replace him.

Be sure to watch Al’s recent speech for yourself (below).

[Image via Al Franken/Instagram.]

Dec 29, 2017 8:20am PDT

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