Friday, 17 November 2017

Good to see USA Senate members clearly condemn now USA Senator then famous comedian Al Franken's 2006 inappropriate sexual behaviour towards a lady

Here's the lady's article detailing her charges against Al Franken: "Senator Al Franken Kissed and Groped Me Without My Consent, And There’s Nothing Funny About It", http://www.kabc.com/2017/11/16/leeann-tweeden-on-senator-al-franken/. I congratulate and thank the lady for coming out in the open on this matter as it will help to prevent similar outrageous and unacceptable behaviour from powerfully placed men in the USA.

Senator Al Franken has apologized for his behaviour. See "Al Franken Admits to Groping, Forcibly Kissing a Woman in 2006", https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/us/politics/al-franken-sexual-harassment-groping-forcible-kissing.html, 16th Nov. 2017.

It does not stop at just an apology though I think it certainly helps that Franken apologized. The case has been referred to USA Senate Ethics committee by Senate Majority leader Republican Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority leader Democrat Chuck Schumer. Mr. Franken has supported this move and has promised to co-operate with the Ethics committee.

The article states that Mr. McConnell said, "As with all credible allegations of sexual harassment or assault, I believe the Ethics Committee should review the matter" and "Regardless of party, harassment and assault are completely unacceptable — in the workplace or anywhere else."

According to the article, Senator Patty Murray, a lady and a senior Democrat said, "This is unacceptable behavior and extremely disappointing. I am glad Al came out and apologized, but that doesn’t reverse what he’s done or end the matter. I support an ethics committee investigation into these accusations and I hope this latest example of the deep problems on this front spurs continued action to address it".

Ravi: Hats off to the USA Senate - both Republican and Democratic Senate members - for their clear condemnation of a fellow Senator's past inappropriate behaviour (when he was NOT a senator) towards women, and quickly initiating an Ethics committee investigation of the matter. In early 21st century democracies, law makers should be held to a higher standard of public behaviour which includes sincere apology and regret for inappropriate behaviour in the past (I mean, we all make mistakes), especially in the area of sexual behaviour towards women. Law makers who think they can get away with such inappropriate sexual behaviour (including such actions done in the past for which they have not repented) should not be allowed to continue to be law makers in 21st century democracies.

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