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Response to elfin (Reply #72)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 11:50 PM

84. Gillibrand had one very legitimate worry

This was a problem she could ill afford to confront if a thorough public hearing were held: that Al Franken was innocent of all allegations of sexual harassment, and that the leader of the movement to get him to resign would lose a lot of credibility if this were to become obvious in a public hearing. I think by now Gillibrand realizes her error but maybe fears for her status as a leader of an otherwise legitimate movement. For example, does anyone think there is a chance in hell that Roy Moore or Brett Kavanaugh was innocent of the charges leveled against them?

I am most disappointed by the fact that, now that not one credible “victim” of Al’s so-called inappropriate behavior has come forward with a real name or believable testimony, that Al has not received ONE public apology from any of those who publicly urged him to resign. To me, this indicates they are not courageous enough to admit they fell for a contrived Republican scam. I will, of course support our nominee for president next year, but requests for contributions during the primary will be met with my request for an apology to Al first. Otherwise, the American Cancer Society or Sloan Kettering gets my preference.

The presidency demands (not always fulfilled, granted) a certain degree of leadership tempered by humility. After dumping on Al Franken under false pretenses, and then being unwilling or unable to admit it, this negates, for me, a candidate’s legitimacy to solicit my support for their primary run. If I thought any of them would bother to listen, I’d tell them not to waste the postage or the paper.

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