Former Republican Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson says Senator Al Franken should rescind his resignation. Carlson argues that Franken stepped down amid allegations of sexual harassment before receiving due process and says “the senate seat does not belong to one individual, it belongs to the people of Minnesota and the people of Minnesota twice elected Al Franken to the U-S Senate. having said that, the question then becomes, allegations have been made, serious allegations. Should he automatically be removed without so much as a hearing?” Carlson says the answer to that question is “no.” Franken announced his resignation last week, but has not specified when he will officially step down. Carlson, who’s written on his blog and in a Star Tribune op-ed on the matter, says so far, response has been “overwhelmingly supportive.” Here’s MNN’s Scott Peterson’s conversation with Arne Carlson.
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