Mixed Reactions Locally to Franken Resignation

December 07, 2017 06:09 PM

The resignation of Sen. Al Franken in the wake of multiple sexual harassment allegations has provoked mixed reaction from Minnesotans.

That includes KSTP viewers, who have weighed in both agreeing and disagreeing with Franken's decision.


RELATED: Franken Resigns: Feels Work as Senator has 'Improved People's Lives'

On the University of Minnesota campus Thursday, students grabbed a seat to listen to Franken's speech on the Senate floor announcing he was departing.

"I'm really upset about it, because losing Al Franken is just another step down," one freshman female said.

"I'm disappointed," added another male student nearing the end of his college career. "I really liked him. I think he's done a really good job."  

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But all agreed the allegations against Franken were troubling.

"I think it's a good thing (he resigned), with all the allegations against him," added another woman.

"A lot of this has been happening, and people haven't been taking ownership to what they have been doing," added another.

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"I just hope they get somebody else that's better," another woman said.

Some, though, saw Franken as a scapegoat.

"Someone who has to take the fall now because of where the Democratic party stands on this," one woman shared.

RELATED: Franken's Resignation Triggers a Rush to Replace Him

Others said resigning was the only way to move forward.

"It's really hard considering what some other people have done," added another man. "I do think it's the right thing for him to do to set a precedent for the democrats that we are going to take the higher ground."

"It's very disappointing and ironic for me personally, and I'll miss him," said yet another woman. 

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Jessica Miles

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