2018-08-01 20:29:26 UTC
In December, Al Franken resigned from his position in the Senate after eight
women accused him of touching them inappropriately over the years, with the
accusations dating back to his days as a comedian. His seat was filled by
Minnesotas lieutenant governor Tina Smith, who will now be facing a special
election later this year, but this might not really be the end of Frankens
political career. During an interview with a CBS affiliate in Minnesota (via
Roll Call), Franken was asked if hed ever run for office again, to which he
responded, I dont know. I havent ruled it out, and I havent ruled it in.
Part of the reason seems to be that Franken really misses his political career,
saying that he loved that job and that it was very meaningful for him. As
Vox notes, though, Frankens return would be hugely divisive among the Democrat
establishment, since a lot of Democratic senators had called for him to resign
even as West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin called the move the most hypocritical
thing he had ever seen happen to someone.