After first dismissing the sexual misconduct allegation against him as little more than a joke gone wrong, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) issued a longer statement unequivocally apologizing for his actions and saying he will cooperate with an ethics investigation into his behavior. “I look at [a photograph of himself grabbing at Leeann Tweeden’s chest] now and I feel disgusted with myself. It isn’t funny. It’s completely inappropriate. It’s obvious how Leeann would feel violated by that picture. And, what’s more, I can see how millions of other women would feel violated by it.” Franken added: “I am asking that an ethics investigation be undertaken, and I will gladly cooperate.” The senator concluded: “The truth is, what people think of me in light of this is far less important than what people think of women who continue to come forward to tell their stories.”
To say I’m dismayed about the allegations against Sen. Franken would be an understatement. I’ve long held him in high esteem and I have nothing but respect for his commitment to his job, his country, and the people of Minnesota. Now I find myself grappling with this reminder that sexual harassment isn’t a partisan issue. It’s not the province of Republicans; it’s the province of Penis-Americans who believe women to have been created for their entertainment and sexual conquest.
An attempt at a joke this may well have been…but a joke is only funny if all parties are equal and agreeable participants. That what Sen. Franken is alleged to have done isn’t viewed as a joke by Ms. Tweeden is the only thing which matters. If she feels violated, if she believes the Senator’s behavior toward her to have been grossly inappropriate, then it absolutely was.
This sort of immaturity needs to stop. Yesterday. Continue reading
Is it December 12 yet? NO??? We are approximately ninety-seven months into the Alabama Senate campaign, and it’s all so filthy and vile…. Roy Moore’s wife, Kayla, spent yesterday falsifying endorsement letters and scouring the internet for someone, ANYONE, to say that the most recent woman to accuse her husband of sexual assault, Beverly Nelson Young, is a liar. Mrs. Moore was never much for science, but she’s darn sure that her husband never signed that yearbook!…. Anyway, Mrs. Moore seems to have left out one or two details in her press conference. Turns out, she’s got a yearbook just like that at home. Although hers isn’t signed by the Etowah County DA. (Or is it????)…. Oh hey, Kayla! When you were telling us all that your husband would never creep on young girls, did you forget to mention that you and Ms. Nelson were in the same class at school? Did you not notice a middle-aged lawyer hanging around the bleachers at football games chatting up the other adolescent girls? Care to comment?
I’m by no means an expert on Alabama politics…and I have no desire to rectify that lack of expertise. What I do care about is hypocrisy, of which there’s no lack in the controversy over Judge Roy Moore’s alleged once-upon-a-time predilection for underage girls.
Managing to fly (mostly) under the media’s radar (at least so far) has been Moore’s wife, Kayla. Turns out Mrs. Moore has an interesting history of her own…along with numerous questions about her role in her husband’s “nonprofit organization.” Kayla Moore, then Kayla Kisor, was in the same class in the same high school as her husband’s latest accuser. This, as they say in the trade, raises some questions about her role in trying to (possibly) cover up her husband’s past misdeeds. What we have now is a growing list of questions and very few answers. After all, as with most any scandal, there’s money- quite a lot of it, actually- at stake…and Mrs. Moore has been at the epicenter of that part of the scandal. Continue reading