U.S. Sen. Al Franken is reportedly doing “a lot of reflecting” in the aftermath of Los Angeles radio host Leeann Tweeden coming forward to say the Minnesota Democrat groped her and forcibly kissed her, but Franken is resolute about not stepping down from office.
…but that stance may soon change.
A woman from Texas has been busy doing a little reflecting of her own and she told CNN about the lawmaker grabbing her butt during a 2010 photo-op at the Minnesota State Fair.
The new allegation of sexual misconduct against Franken comes from Lindsay Menz and the incident she described happened AFTER Franken was elected to office.
Menz was attending the fair with her husband and her father when she encountered the senator and posed with him for a photo.
Franken “pulled me in really close, like awkward close, and as my husband took the picture, he put his hand full-fledged on my rear,” Menz said. “It was wrapped tightly around my butt cheek.”
She was adamant about the placement of his hand.
“It wasn’t around my waist. It wasn’t around my hip or side. It was definitely on my butt,” Menz said. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, what’s happening.'”
Her husband, Jeremy Menz, took the photo, but didn’t see what was going on behind his wife.
Menz’s father, Mark Brown, told CNN his daughter told him about the incident right away and her mother, Jodi Brown, said her daughter discussed the incident with her immediately after it happened.
“Our senator just groped my wife right in front of me,” Brown recalled her son-in-law saying at the time.
Menz posted the photo with Franken on Facebook on August 27, 2010, CNN reported, and her sister, Cari Thunker, made a sarcastic remark about how close the two were standing to each other.
“Dude — Al Franken TOTALLY molested me! Creeper!” Menz responded in the exchange.
Franken answered the allegation in a weak-kneed statement to CNN, saying he does not remember taking the photo, but feels “badly” that Menz felt “disrespected.”
“I take thousands of photos at the state fair surrounded by hundreds of people and I certainly don’t remember taking this picture,” Franken stated. “I feel badly that Ms. Menz came away from our interaction feeling disrespected.”
It remains to be seen if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has called on Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore to quit the race amid sexual misconduct claims, will now demand that Franken resign his seat.
Menz told CNN the reason she’s now speaking out is because “if someone sees that I said something, maybe it would give them the courage to say something too.”
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