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Commentary: Sen. Heitkamp didn’t mean it when she said 'zero tolerance' for sexual harassment

Sen. Al Franken got a "sweet" payoff when North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp made good on a friendly wager the two made before April's Frozen Four semi-final hockey game between the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers and the University of North Dakota. Photo and Caption via Franken's Senate Office

Earlier this month embattled Minnesota Senator Al Franken delivered a self-serving, self-pitying speech on the Senate floor in which he announced that he’d be announcing his resignation at some point in the future.

It was a truly bizarre speech, and many (including this observer) thought it was Franken buying himself some time to rehabilitate his political career. A point of view bolstered by the fact that other Democrats, notably West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, began calling for Franken to stay in the Senate.

I guess the trial balloons on Franken staying in the Senate didn’t float the way proponents hoped, because a resignation date has been announced for shortly after the New Year holiday.

But just hours before Franken made that announcement, and just weeks after making a “zero tolerance” call for Franken to resign, Senator Heidi Heitkamp said she’d support Franken’s decision to stay in the Senate.

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