December 7, 2017 DFL News, Press Release

Minnesota DFL Chairman Ken Martin Statement on Senator Al Franken’s Resignation


[ST. PAUL, MN] – Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party Chairman Ken Martin today issued the following statement after U.S. Senator Al Franken announced his resignation:

“Senator Franken made the right decision today. He has been a tireless and strong progressive leader on behalf of Minnesotans in Washington, but that in no way excuses his behavior toward the women who came forward. His resignation today is an important part of the healing process.”

“While sexual harassment and assault are dominating headlines recently, they have dominated the lives of women in our country for far too long. This much-overdue reckoning will not be easy—in fact, people will be angry, shocked, and saddened, as some remember personal experiences similar to those being shared in the news.”

“But the strength of this movement is the power of once-silent voices being heard loud and clear. And it’s our duty—as Democrats, as political leaders, and as Americans—to hold those in power accountable for their actions.”

The DFL recently announced that all campaigns receiving official party support will be required to attend a training on sexual harassment and workplace conduct.