Sen. Al Franken is set to resign officially on January 2 and spoke publicly in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Thursday for the first time since he announced his intentions to step down from the Senate following a string of sexual assault allegations made against him.
Franken made the decision to step down after sexual assault allegations were made that years before entering the political arena he groped women who did not welcome it and extreme pressure from top Democrats.
An emotional Al Franken thanked his family for their support through out everything and told the crowd that there was still work to be done.
‘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. Let me be clear, I may be resigning my seat, but I am not giving up my voice.’
‘We still have a lot of work to do together on issues ranging from net neutrality to climate change. We still have to be ready to speak out for economic justice and to defend the truth.’
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‘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 did not speak about the sexual assault allegations that were made against him, but instead focused on thanking Minnesota for electing him to the Senate.
‘I feel proud to call this state my home and to call so many of you my friends. I feel grateful beyond words for the support that you have shown me and for the trust that you have place in me and for the change you took on me.’
According to a Public Policy Poll, released Thursday, despite the sexual assault allegations made toward Franken, his popularity among his constituents remains high. Fifty percent think he should stay in office. Sixty percent believe that the Senate Ethics Committee needs to finish it’s investigation before a decision is made. The poll also clarifies that 57 percent of women in Minnesota still approve of him.
Below are some of the top responses from Twitter users to Franken’s speech:
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