Franken's exit sets stage for Smith to join Senate

Aaron Brown
January 3, 2018

Franken's announcement last month that he would resign came after a wave of sexual misconduct allegations and a collapse of support from his Democratic colleagues, a swift political fall for a once-rising Democratic star.

Former Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., said Tuesday she is considering running for Al Franken's Senate seat, but is anxious she will face disastrous attacks from the media and Democrats as a Christian politician.

If Bachmann does plan on running for Franken's seat, she may have to start her campaign pretty soon.

"The question is: should it be me, should it be now?"

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Bachmann told Bakker that she had been called by God to run in the 2012 presidential race, when she finished sixth in the Iowa caucuses.

"My husband and I aren't money people", she said, "If you're a billionaire, maybe you can defend yourself". "So I didn't shed a tear when I left the contest because I felt like, you know, I fulfilled the calling that God gave me". Also announcing she will run this year is Sen. She is expected to run in November's special election. She would likely face Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, D-Minn., who was appointed to fill Franken's seat on an interim basis.

Bachmann resigned from Congress in 2015 after serving for almost ten years.

Franken said the idea he would claim such conduct as a right was "preposterous". "He didn't do what Harvey Weinstein did", Bachmann said, invoking the Hollywood mogul accused of sexual assault by multiple women.

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