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Harry Reid: I Wish Al Franken Would Run Again
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=51396"><span class="small">Sam Stein and Sam Brodey, The Daily Beast</span></a>   
Thursday, 15 August 2019 12:45

Excerpt: "Reid has made no secret of his belief that Franken was pushed out of his Senate seat unfairly amid multiple allegations inappropriate behavior toward women and more general sexual impropriety."

Former senator Al Franken. (photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty)
Former senator Al Franken. (photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Harry Reid: I Wish Al Franken Would Run Again

By Sam Stein and Sam Brodey, The Daily Beast

15 August 19

The former Senate majority leader doesn’t anticipate a comeback, even as he wants one. “He just feels hurt,” Reid said of Franken.

ormer Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) says he wishes that Al Franken, the embattled ex-senator, would take another run for public office, but suspects he won’t do so.

“I wish he would,” Reid told The Daily Beast in an interview earlier this month. “But I don't think he will. He just feels hurt. And he was a good senator.”

Reid has made no secret of his belief that Franken was pushed out of his Senate seat unfairly amid multiple allegations inappropriate behavior toward women and more general sexual impropriety. “He got a bad deal,” Reid said, speaking from his office at the UNLV Law School. Reid and Franken served together from 2011 through Reid’s retirement in 2016.

Other Democratic officials have echoed Reid’s position, with several current and former senators expressing regret at the circumstances of Franken’s departure in a recent New Yorker article, which raised questions about the motivations of Franken’s accusers.

But few, if any, have been explicit in stating that they would like Franken to run for office again—perhaps because his case remains highly divisive within the Democratic Party. Some of the lawmakers who urged him to resign have stood by their calls, arguing that the weight and sheer number of accusations made his continued service untenable. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), the first senator to call for Franken’s resignation, said recently that she had no regrets about doing so.

Franken, who told the New Yorker that he also regrets not sticking in the Senate until his case was heard by the ethics committee there, did not return several requests for comment. But people close to the former senator doubt that he will run for office again. While he has not explicitly ruled it out, Franken, 68, is largely expected to slowly reintroduce himself to public life as a political media figure—a role that he occupied as a liberal radio host and commentator after his career in comedy and prior to his run for the Senate. Confidants say his plan has been to focus on projects like his podcast, "The Al Franken Podcast," where he talks politics and showbiz with pals like Sarah Silverman and Jeffrey Toobin.

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+35 # DongiC 2019-08-15 13:39
I likedFranklin; he had sparkle and wit. Plus, he leaned toward the Progressives and was concerned with the common man. Unlike those stodgy GOP Senators who sell their souls for money and power and who seek to limit the right to vote to white nationalists who, incidentally, hate women, immigrants and all black and brown peoples.

Quite a future that lies before us what with all guns married to hateful and hating Americans.
+5 # kgrad 2019-08-16 05:52
"Franken"was pushed out by mean people, IMHO, who resented his leaning toward the people concerned with issues that concern me. Had I been pushed out in like manner, I would not want to be in the same room with the pushy-peeps.
+6 # diamondmarge7 2019-08-15 22:47
We need his uncompromising voice; shumer is a wimp;l graham is a hypocritical snake; Scott of SC does nothing;Mx
Take all spiness, crraven, ineffective Rethugs--esp. L Graham--flush Shumer--
Kamala Harris,Klobucha r, Gillibrand--wor thless. Senate is hanging on for the paychecks--what has Leahy done lately? Franken was a reliable Progressive voice--run run run for all our sakes

connell is bought/paid for--Sen
+9 # 2019-08-16 05:44
I like Franken too. The original accuser, which was enough for Kirsten Gillibrand to ask for his resignation, before others came forward, was known to have worked for Fox News from the beginning and now more inconsistencies have emerged. When one remembers that congressman King of Iowa got off with only a vote of censure, Franken’s resignation seems beyond over the top. While i agree with most of her stances, it does seem as though Gillibrand wants to create a special niche for herself among female candidates
+12 # bubbiesue 2019-08-16 10:15
From next door in WI I have to say I miss Franken's frankness, openness to ideas and general menchlichkeit (Yiddish for basic caring humanness.) Come back, Al, in some way.
+3 # economagic 2019-08-16 10:52
As long as we're wishing, I wish that Mr. Reid had shown a little less deference and a little more spine during the confirmation hearings of John Roberts and Samuel Alito, and also that he had not been so eager to dispense with the filibuster. As ludicrous as the antics around that peculiar tradition sometimes were, and as frustrating as it sometimes was to see bills supported by a slim Democratic majority thwarted, it also served for nearly two centuries to thwart what Tocqueville called "the tyranny of the majority" in just such cases. "Streamlining" the Democratic process almost by definition makes it less democratic.

And as long as we're wishing, there have been a lot of other critical events in the past 50-55 years in which I wish the so-called "Democratic" party would have been less "loyal" and more "opposition," starting with the Gulf of Tonkin Incident. There was that other "9/11" in Chile in 1973, and multiple wars to oust democratic (sic) presidents in favor of puppet fascist dictators, The Newt's "Contract On America" (sic), the repeal of Glass-Steagall, the silencing of Brooksley Born and Sheila Baer that fostered the growth of unregulated financial derivatives, etc.

As for Franken, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, one of the first to be caught up in a long overdue revolt against behavior that had been ignored by the patriarchy for 200,000 thousand years, but had become painfully obvious to thinking people a century ago.
+10 # PABLO DIABLO 2019-08-16 12:11
It was enough to give Sen. Gillibrand a black eye. I can't vote for her.
-9 # skylinefirepest 2019-08-16 12:57
So franken couldn't keep his hands to himself and assaulted a female...yeah, I can see where y'all would think that's okay! And that's all we need...another comedian to join the other twenty comedians running for president.
-3 # lfeuille 2019-08-16 14:29
Franken got a raw deal on this, but by todays standards he really wasn't as progressive as he gets credit for being. Politically he had more in common with Gillibrand than Bernie or Elizabeth. His support of Medicare-for-Al l, for instance wasn't really for a single-payer system which is what the tern "Medicare-for-A ll" has come to mean in the bills currently before congress. He wanted to keep a place for private insurance which would destroy any chance of making health care universal. It's ironic that she is the one who brought him down or maybe not since he was considered by many to be a potential 2020 rival for her.