December 11, 2017 9:40 am -

Powerful words from Arne Carlson’s blog, posted late Sunday:

I am deeply troubled by the resignation of Al Franken and the complete absence of anything resembling due process.

Now reports are surfacing that Leeann Tweeden, Franken’s prime accuser, may have been coached by Roger Stone, a major Trump operator. Since there was no vetting, we only heard her story. But there has been no explanation as to why she attended a USO event in 2009 honoring Franken and was captured on tape joking around with him.This is three years after she claimed to be traumatized by Franken.

She continued in 2011 with a tweet containing a photo of her and Franken together.

This is all very troubling. A rush to judgment is, unfortunately, all too human. But a rush to punishment is totally unacceptable.

Perhaps this is a time for reconsideration. We now know that the right wing attempted to plant a false accusation with TheWashington Post. On the other side, we also know that an accuser against Roy Moore of Alabama fudged the truth in her allegations.

Further, we know that Senate Democrats who asked for Franken’s resignation may have been motivated more by the politics of the Alabama Senate race than the seriousness of the allegations.

The photo which Tweeden used in her initial accusation against Franken has itself become highly suspect due to metadata Tweeden failed to remove before posting the photo. And Tweeden’s (former?) friend Tom Arnold, who joined the fray on Twitter when the story first broke, tweeted a scorching accusation several days ago:

And there is this [NSFW images].

To be honest, we don’t believe Franken will reverae his decision to resign. If, however, he does, it would at the very least rattle the dirty tricksters’ cage — and in all possibility expose an intentional and  fraudulent attack on Franken’s character.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.