Franken's 'Humorous' Photograph May just Have Ruined Him In 2008 Senate Race


Believe if LeeAnn Tweeden’s image of Al Franken groping her breasts for laughs at the same time as she slept on a 2006 army aircraft flight had pop out all through his 2008 Senate marketing campaign. The election end result used to be so disputed that Franken wasn’t seated within the Senate till July of 2009. Upload that image, and the Senate wouldn’t have an Al Franken harassment drawback nowadays.

Within the thick of that battle, the Republicans driven to the Minnesota media a New York mag description of a Saturday Night time Are living script assembly by which a comic enjoying CBS commentator Andy Rooney unearths an empty tablet bottle on his table: “while Lesley [Stahl] is handed out, I take her to the closet and rape her. Or ‘That’s why you by no means see Lesley till February.” Then there used to be this: “while she passes out, I placed her in more than a few positions and take footage of her.”

In his new ebook Large of the Senate, Franken has a bankruptcy referred to as “Franni Saves the Marketing campaign.” To take the tough edges from his rape (and different excessive intercourse) jokes again then, Franken’s spouse made a 60-2d advert approximately how she become an alcoholic, and “How may just a mom of 2 remarkable, wholesome youngsters be an alcoholic?” However “Al stood proper via my aspect” throughout her restoration and he “made stunning films…utilized in rehabs in all places the rustic.”

Franken wrote it “nonetheless makes me cry each time I see it. If truth be told, while Chuck Schumer noticed it, he referred to as me to mention that he had cried. And he additionally idea it might win me the election.” [Italics his.] days later, he boasted, while Mrs. Franken entered the room for a debate he used to be having, “she were given a status ovation.”

So how will he give an explanation for Tweeden’s photograph and testimony to Mrs. Franken now? 

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