Franken Battled Charges of Sexism from GOP During 2008 Campaign

November 19, 2017 11:28 PM

Senator Al Franken is fighting for his political life in 2017 after allegations of sexual harassment during a USO Tour in 2006. Somehow, the allegations never surfaced during a hard-fought 2008 Senate race against Norm Coleman. 

"It kills me," Franken said in a speech at the DFL state convention in 2008. "The things I said and wrote send a message to some of my friends in this room and the people in this state that they can't count on me to be a champion for women. I'm sorry for that."


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Franken was referring to articles he had written in which he belittled women, articles that were brought up by Republicans during the 2008 Senate campaign. One was entitled "Porn-O-Rama" in Playboy in 2000. Another was a 1995 article in which Franken joked about rape.

"There have been some people who have been legitimately offended by some stuff I've written and I regret that," Franken told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS in 2008. "I regret I've given them a reason to doubt my commitment to women's issues. That's not me."

Despite the controversy, Franken won the DFL endorsement. He went on to beat Coleman by just 312 votes after a lengthy recount. It was the closest Minnesota U.S. Senate election in history.


Tom Hauser

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