Minnesota Public Radio reports:
A Democratic official who has spoken to Al Franken and key aides says Franken will resign his Minnesota Senate seat on Thursday, the official tells MPR News.
The official spoke to Franken and separately to Franken’s staff. A staff member told the official that Franken had gone to his Washington home to discuss his plans with family.
MPR News agreed to withhold the official’s name because the official wanted to give Franken the chance to talk about his decision in his own words.
Franken faced a cascade of calls Wednesday from fellow Democrats and other political allies to leave office in response to multiple allegations of sexual harassment.
After MPR News reported the planned resignation, a tweet from Franken’s official account said it was “not accurate.”
“No final decision has been made and the senator is still talking with his family,” the tweet read.
In terms of the balance of power in the Senate, this will have no effect. Dayton, a member of Minnesota’s Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, isn’t going to name a Republican (that is, member of the Independent–Republican Party) to fill Franken’s seat. My guess would be U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D–Minnesota). Whoever is picked, should that person choose to run for the rest of Franken’s unfinished term, will be on the ballot with whoever decides to run against U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D … oops, DFL–Minnesota), whose term expires after the 2018 election.
For what it’s worth, I loathe Franken. He wasn’t the least bit funny on “Saturday Night Live,” he got elected to the Senate via vote fraud, and apparently he’s as much of a pig in private life as he is a jerk in public life. Good riddance.