In the past week, Minnesota Senator Al Franken has been accused of sexual misconduct by two women. Talk radio host Leeann Tweeden on Thursday accused the former SNL star turned politician of kissing her without her consent and groping her while she was asleep—with photographic evidence to prove the latter—and on Monday, Lindsay Menz, a 33-year-old woman now living in Texas, came forward with her story of the former comedian groping her butt while taking a picture at the 2010 Minnesota State Fair, in a move we now called “the George HW.”
Almost universally, the response to all this has been, That’s terrible and Al Franken should be condemned! Some people (including me) think the Democrat should resign. Though he seems unlikely to do that, a Senate ethics investigation is underway, and Franken might eventually be censured, if not expelled. But there is one group of people willing to defend him: Franken’s former SNL colleagues. On Tuesday morning, 36 women who worked with the senator during his time on SNL released the following statement:
We feel compelled to stand up for Al Franken, whom we have all had the pleasure of working with over the years on Saturday Night Live (SNL).
What Al did was stupid and foolish, and we think it was appropriate for him to apologize to Ms Tweeden, and to the public. In our experience, we know Al as a devoted and dedicated family man, a wonderful comedic performer, and an honorable public servant. That is why we are moved to quickly and directly affirm that after years of working with him, we would like to acknowledge that not one of us ever experienced any inappropriate behaviour; and mention our sincere appreciation that he treated each of us with the utmost respect and regard.
We send our