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Response to Nevernose (Reply #13)

Thu Nov 23, 2017, 08:41 PM

26. He's actually NOT denying the groping allegations which, since he specifically denie the bathroom

invitation, speaks volumes to me.

Shortly after the HuffPost report Wednesday, Franken issued a statement saying, Its difficult to respond to anonymous accusers, and I dont remember those campaign events. He added, I can categorically say that I did not proposition anyone to join me in any bathroom.


Had he had a clean conscience as to the butt grabbing, he would have categorically denied that as well.

Rather than being a denial, I read his statement as an acknowledgement that at least on some occasions he has put his hands on the buttocks of the person he was being photographed with.

I accept that, at the time, he thought it would be welcome - and based on interactions with someone who grabbed my butt during an embrace - he likely did not perceive it as sexually aggressive.. I also accept that he now understands it was not, and that he is trying to learn from what his accusers are telling him.

Unlike other people who have been accused, his transgressions are on the mild end of the inappropriate physical contact spectrum, he has acknowledged his behavior crossed a line, and he has apologized and is willing to learn from his past mistakes.

As long as he continues with that attitude (and nothing more serious emerges), his presence in Congress is a net positive and I don't want him to resign.

I just wish his advocates on DU would follow his lead and stop trying to discredit his accusers, stop making his acknowledged bad behavior out to be a plot (what that says is that if only he hadn't gotten caught things would be hunky dory).

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