Minnesota Senator Al Franken thanked his supporters throughout his first public look on Thursday after asserting his resignation amid sexual harassment accusations made in opposition to him.
Franken, talking to a crowd in Minneapolis, mentioned he nonetheless felt like “the luckiest child on this planet” earlier than formally stepping down on Jan. 2.
“Right here is my promise to you. I could also be leaving the Senate, however I’m not giving up my voice,” the Minnesota Democrat mentioned. “We nonetheless have a variety of work to do collectively on points starting from internet neutrality and local weather change.”
He additionally thanked his spouse, kids, workers and Amy Klobuchar, the state’s senior senator.
Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, Franken’s successor, is anticipated to be sworn in subsequent Wednesday.
A number of ladies have accused the previous “Saturday Night time Dwell” funnyman of both groping or forcibly kissing them. Franken was elected to serve within the Senate in 2009.
A Public Coverage Polling ballot launched Thursday discovered that Franken stays widespread with 50% of voters in Minnesota.