Hey, Al, don’t look now, but the dam of accusers may be breaching for you, as well.
Last week, Minnesota Senator Al Franken was forced to do a mea culpa, regarding a 2006 USO incident, where he forced his tongue in the mouth of model and radio news anchor, Leeann Tweeden. He also took a photo of a sleeping Tweeden, smiling for the camera, as it appeared he was groping her breasts over her clothes.
He’s a pig.
Franken apologized and the Democrats circled the wagons (although some did call for him to resign, at first).
As it is with all things Franken, that apology seemed disingenuous, at best, and you had to wonder if there was more to come.
CNN is reporting that a new woman has stepped forward to tell her story, and this time, it was after Franken was elected.
Lindsay Menz, a 33-year-old woman who now lives in Frisco, Texas, reached out to CNN on Thursday hours after Tweeden made her story public. Menz said she wanted to share an “uncomfortable” interaction that left her feeling “gross.”
Yeah, if Stuart Smalley was in the same state as me, I’d feel gross.
According to Menz, she attended the Minnesota State Fair with her husband and father in the summer of 2010, almost two years after Franken was elected to the Senate. Her father’s small business was sponsoring a local radio booth, and she spent the day meeting various elected officials, political candidates and celebrities and taking photos with them as they stopped by the booth.
When Franken walked in, Menz and her husband, who also spoke with CNN, said they recognized him right away. Menz said she had a brief and cordial exchange with the senator.
Then, as her husband held up her phone and got ready to snap a photo of the two of them, 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.”
That’s when knowing how to pivot and deliver a solid throat punch comes in handy.
So where was her husband?
“It wasn’t around my waist. It wasn’t around my hip or side. It was definitely on my butt,” she said, recalling that the brazen act lasted three or four seconds. “I was like, oh my God, what’s happening.”
“He reached around her and kind of pulled her into him,” said her husband Jeremy Menz, who didn’t see what happened behind his wife. “He pulled her in and pushed his head against her head. It was over pretty quick.”
Lindsay Menz told CNN that she walked away as soon as the photo was taken, without saying anything to the then-first term senator. When she reconnected with her husband moments later, she told him: “He totally grabbed my butt.” Jeremy Menz described that conversation the same way to CNN.
I have no doubt they’re telling the truth. Franken has proven with his attitude to be a wholly selfish, entitled, arrogant little troll of a man.
Of course, when questioned about it, He reverts to his role as Stuart Smiley, and offers some words for the Daily Affirmations.
“I take thousands of photos at the state fair surrounded by hundreds of people, and I certainly don’t remember taking this picture,” Franken said. “I feel badly that Ms. Menz came away from our interaction feeling disrespected.”
If it’s true he takes thousands of photos, the coming avalanche of women living with the uncomfortable memory of being violated by his greasy hands is going to be epic.
“I felt gross. It’d be like being walking through the mall and some random person grabbing your butt,” Lindsay Menz said. “You just feel gross. Like ew, I want to wash that off of me.”
“I was upset. I wasn’t happy about it in the least,” Jeremy Menz said. “He was already gone and I wasn’t going to confront him. But yeah — I was in shock, really.”
Because if you confront an elected U.S. senator about something like that, in the moment, it could get really bad for you, really quick.
Menz did tell her parents about the incident.
Menz’s mother, Jodi Brown, also told CNN that she discussed the incident with her daughter immediately after it happened. She said she distinctly recalls her son-in-law saying to her: “Our senator just groped my wife right in front of me.”
In the photo of Menz and Franken, the side of the senator’s face is pressed up against Menz’s but the lower halves of their bodies are not shown. Both of them are smiling.
She posted the photo on Facebook at the time, and when others commented about the closeness of the two in the photo, she responded:
Menz responded to her sister on Facebook: “Dude — Al Franken TOTALLY molested me! Creeper!” (The exchange is visible to Menz’s Facebook friends.)
Menz, after seeing Tweeden’s story, felt encouraged to step forward and give her account, hoping that it will give others who may have stories to tell to come forward, as well.
“I don’t want to paint my story in the same light as hers,” Menz said, saying she believes what happened to Tweeden is much worse.
Still, she said, “the reason I want to say something is if someone sees that I said something, maybe it would give them the courage to say something too.”
I believe it will, and if Democrats continue to make excuses for this, all while pointing dirty fingers at Roy Moore, Donald Trump, or any other Republican accused of inappropriate sexual conduct, it WILL come back to haunt them.
This ain’t Bill Clinton’s America, any more.