Senator Al Franken accused of misconduct by second woman

Emmett Rice
November 21, 2017

In an appearance on CNN, Lindsay Menz said Franken placed his hand on her bottom as they posed for a photo at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010 - two years into Franken's first term.

Lindsay Menz explained that Al Franken, elected in 2008 in the Senate, he had put a hand to the butt while he posed with it for a photo taken by her husband at a fair in Minnesota.

"It was wrapped tightly around my butt cheek", she said".

"It wasn't around my waist", she adds. "It wasn't around my hip or side", Menz said. "It was definitely on my butt", she said, recalling that the brazen act lasted three or four seconds. "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.

While she told family members about the incident, and posted about it on her Facebook site, which has restricted access, she did not say anything in public until she went to CNN.

Franken said he didn't remember taking the photo but that he felt "badly" that Menz felt disrespected.

"I take thousands of photos at the state fair surrounded by hundreds of people, and I certainly don't remember taking this picture ..."

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On Thursday, KABC radio anchor Leeann Tweeden rocked the nation when she accused Franken, a liberal Democrat, of forcibly kissing her in 2006. It was over pretty quick.

Lindsay Menz told CNN she walked away as soon as the photo was taken, without saying anything to the then-first term senator. You just feel gross.

Menz told the network that when the first-term senator walked in to the booth, Menz and her husband, who also spoke with CNN, recognized him right away.

As for why Menz chose to speak out now, 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".

Menz made the decision to accuse Franken after seeing Tweeden's allegations, and said she "absolutely" wouldn't have done so otherwise. "But yeah - I was in shock, really".

US President Donald Trump, a man accused of a variety of sexual misconduct and a man on record as having used his wealth and power as a cover to grope women, took the opportunity to scold the Democrat. Menz told CNN she wanted to share an "uncomfortable" interaction that left her feeling "gross".

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