Franken Fighting Tax Bill, Won't Return to Minnesota this Weekend

December 01, 2017 06:28 PM

Minnesota Senator Al Franken is fighting the Republican tax bill, while also dealing with multiple allegations of inappropriate behavior involving several women.

In a Facebook post late Friday, the senator didn't specifically mention the controversy swirling around him.

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"After a lot of reflecting with my family over the Thanksgiving holiday, I was glad to continue my work in the Senate this week doing the job the people of Minnesota sent me here to do," Franken wrote, in an apparent reference to the allegations against him.

Despite controversy, he says he continues fighting to fix the student debt crisis, the opioid epidemic and against the Republican tax bill.

"This bill would overwhelmingly benefit large corporations and the wealthiest Americans, who will see huge tax cuts, with little or no benefit going to the middle class," Franken said in his Facebook post. "In fact, millions of American middle-class families will see their taxes go up."

RELATED: Senate Ethics Committee Confirms it Has Opened Franken Inquiry

Franken made no mention of the Senate Ethics Committee investigation of sexual harassment allegations made against him.

Those allegations will be a major topic on "At Issue" Sunday morning at 10 a.m. on 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS.

RELATED: 2 More Women Come Forward with Allegations Against Franken

"I apologize for what you think might have happened to you just doesn't cut it," said Republican political analyst Sarah Janecek, characterizing how she views his statements on the allegations so far. "I think he's trying to cover for whatever else is coming down the pike which he simply doesn't know."

But Democratic political analyst Katherine Tinucci says more than 100 DFL women and former staff and co-workers of Franken's have signed letters of support.

"Notably no women have taken their names off of that list," Tinucci said. "Over 100 women have come forward in support of Sen. Franken."

Franken hasn't made a public appearance in Minnesota since Nov. 11 and doesn't plan to return to the state this weekend.

 

 

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