Kirsten Gillibrand stands by her call for Al Franken to resign after Pete Buttigieg suggests that there was not enough evidence to make that call.

By |2019-06-04T13:23:16-08:00June 5th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |12 Comments


Here is what Buttigieg said that started this conversation courtesy of Politico:

Pete Buttigieg said on Monday he wouldn’t have “applied that pressure” to Al Franken to resign from the Senate after allegations of sexual misconduct in December 2017, separating himself from several other Democratic presidential candidates who did call for his resignation.

“I think it was his decision to make” to resign, Buttigieg said. “But I think the way that we basically held him to a higher standard than the GOP does their people has been used against us.”

But when pressed about Franken, Buttigieg said that if he had been in the Senate then, he “would not have applied that pressure at that time, before we knew more.” Buttigieg added that “it’s not a bad thing that we hold ourselves to a higher standard.”

Here is more of Gillibrand’s response courtesy of HuffPo:

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) stood by her past calls for then-Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) to resign amid sexual misconduct allegations after fellow 2020 presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg said Monday that he wouldn’t have applied the same pressure.

“Eight credible allegations of sexual harassment, two since he was elected Senator, and one from a congressional staffer,” Gillibrand said in a statement shared on Twitter by a campaign staffer. “That is not too high a standard, regardless of how the Republican party handles this behavior, and worse.”

Here is a link to a Time Magazine article that lists all of the women who made allegations of improper physical contact against Al Franken. (Link)

Of the eight “credible” sources four are anonymous, one is a Fox News contributor, and the incidents described by the last three could be explained away as Frenken not being completely aware of his hand placement during photos taken with women. 

Look I trust women as well. 

But that does not mean that I stop trusting men, and I think that Al Franken deserved the benefit of the doubt and should have been afforded an investigation before people pressured him to leave office. 

Kirsten Gillibrand will never get my support in this primary and I seriously doubt she has a real shot at the nomination.  

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12 Comments

  1. Beaglemom June 5, 2019 at 6:49 am

    I think that Al Franken was targeted by the GOP because he was the first Democratic senator to address the Russian/Trump connection publicly. He was very specific in his statements and that did not go over well. I have very little respect for Gillibrand who went after Franken with very little real evidence and who then dragged the other female Democratic senators down with her in order to get her name in the news. I do, however, respect Amy Klobochar who stood by Al Franken, her Minnesota colleague, and did not join in the carping fray.

    • Anonymous June 5, 2019 at 3:51 pm

      Wasn’t he on the Judiciary Committee?

      She is not getting my vote and it sounds like her campaign is going no where anyway.

  2. Jean Schiffler June 5, 2019 at 7:25 am

    I am a resident of New York and a registered Democrat. I would not vote for Kirsten Gillibrand if she ran for dog catcher!! Al Franken was the best Senator we had.

    • Gryphen June 5, 2019 at 7:36 am

      Yeah, I second that Al Franken comment.

      He was so damn smart and so damn good at questioning during those hearings.

  3. Anonymous in Chicago & former Minnesota resident June 5, 2019 at 8:16 am

    I always felt that LeeAnn Tweeden and the Republicans deliberately went after Franken with false allegations. And why hasn’t Gillibrand discussed Tweeden’s behavior of humping Robin Williams and slapping men on the butt during the USO tour? I think if current voters were polled about Al Franken, many would agree with Mayor Pete.

    This from Franken’s Wikipedia page: ” …In Franken’s defense, CNBC’s John Harwood said, “[T]hat pic was obviously a joke, not groping, just like LeeAnn Tweeden wrapping her leg around Robin Williams and smacking his butt; entertainment for soldiers deployed overseas is raunchy like that”;[114][115] Harwood was referring to video taken of Tweeden “humping” the married comedian Robin Williams on a similar 2004 USO tour…”

    Kirsten Gillibrand can cling to her bad decision demanding Franken’s resignation and that’s why she would never get my vote. She may have the ambition but she doesn’t have the temperament or judgment to be President.

  4. Anonymous June 5, 2019 at 8:55 am

    OT? “The social media giant told Vox’s Carlos Maza that “deeply offensive” opinions don’t violate its anti-harassment policies.”
    “YouTube wrote on Twitter. “As an open platform, it’s crucial for us to allow everyone ― from creators to journalists to late-night TV hosts ― to express their opinions w/in the scope of our policies. Opinions can be deeply offensive, but if they don’t violate our policies, they’ll remain on our site.””

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/youtube-carlos-maza-harassment_n_5cf73615e4b01713bed3b701

  5. anonymous June 5, 2019 at 9:21 am

    https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/can-democrats-win-the-senate-by-adding-states-its-been-done-before/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

    “The logic goes that if Democrats can get unified control of the federal government after the 2020 election, they could push through statehood for both, adding four more seats to the Senate, and all four would likely be Democratic leaning.

    That might seem far-fetched, but the U.S. has a rich history of partisan state-making.”

    California?

  6. AK Lynne June 5, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    Well, I agree with all of you who feel Al Franken was a great loss to the legislature. And, yes, that is one very big reason why I have negative feelings about Kirsten Gillibrand. I did not want to see him forced out.

  7. Anonymous June 5, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Nobody ‘forced’ Franken out. He is his own man and he could have stayed if he wanted.

    He and only he made the decision to leave.

    He either has no backbone or some of the allegations were true. Not leadership qualities.

    How many women did Clinton sexually assault and he stayed in regardless?

    • nanna June 5, 2019 at 9:11 pm

      You have no way of knowing even one thing that you’re claiming.

      You should probably find something better to do, may I suggest perhaps haunting a different blog?

  8. Mark June 5, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    Gillibrand will be the first candidate to drop out. It will server her right.

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