U.S. Sen. Al Franken stated goodbye to workers members and supporters in Minneapolis on Thursday night time, in his first public look in Minnesota since being accused of sexual harassment.
Franken will formally step down from the Senate on Tuesday, together with his successor – Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith – scheduled to be sworn in Wednesday to finish Franken’s time period, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported.
The Democrat, a former “Saturday Evening Stay” author and performer, stated he did not know what to anticipate when he first ran for workplace, “and naturally, neither did Minnesotans.”
Franken thanked his spouse, Franni, their household and his workers in addition to Minnesota’s senior senator, Democrat Amy Klobuchar. He stated he nonetheless appears like “the luckiest child on this planet.”
Franken introduced plans to resign Dec. 7, someday after a seventh declare of sexual harassment emerged in opposition to him.
Following that growth a refrain of feminine Democratic senators — together with New York’s Kirsten Gillibrand and California’s Kamala Harris — calling for his resignation, successfully forcing his departure.
Franken’s departure will come about seven months after the publication of his newest ebook, “Al Franken: Big of the Senate.”
Fox Information’ Joseph Weber and the Related Press contributed to this story.