Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers discusses sexual assault allegations against Franken, Moore

(12-7-17)

SPOKANE, Wash. – Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers spoke to KREM 2 today and discussed allegations of sexual assault against her congressional colleague Al Franken, and Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama.

Rep. McMorris Rodgers said she respects Franken’s decision to step down as senator, adding that “members of Congress – House and Senate – are held to a higher standard and that we gotta walk the talk. In that sense, Senator Franken is doing that.”

This morning on the Senate floor, Sen. Al Franken announced he would resign amidst allegations from multiple women of sexual harassment. Franken served the state of Minnesota in the U.S. Senate since 2009. In his resignation speech, Franken said he had, “faith in the proud legacy of progressive advocacy that I have had the privilege to be a part of.”

Franken also took the time to comment on the irony is his resignation, while ”a man who has bragged on tape about his history of the sexual assault sits in the Oval Office and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party.” The dis was pointed in the direction of President Donald Trump and Judge Roy Moore, who have received allegations of sexual assault of their own.

Rep. McMorris Rodgers echoed these thoughts, saying she believes “for the sake of this country that Roy Moore should step aside. There are others that can fill the seat.”

Judge Roy Moore – a candidate for U.S. Senate in the state of Alabama – has been accused by eight women of sexual assault. Many of the women who came forward say the encounters happened while they were minors and Moore was an adult. Moore has repeatedly denied all assault allegations, calling them a product of “dirty politics.”

Despite the claims, many Republicans in Congress have publicly supported the Moore campaign. The Republican National Committee briefly pulled funding from the Moore campaign but restored it after President Trump publicly announced his support.  

More than a dozen women have also accused President Trump of sexual misconduct. Both the White House and Trump have called all accusations “fake news.” When asked about a specific allegation, Trump responded by saying, “It's just fake. It's fake. It's made-up stuff, and it's disgraceful, what happens, but... that happens in the world of politics."

The Senate seat left open by Franken will be filled temporarily by a governor appointee, but a permanent member will be voted on by the public in November of 2018. For the vacant Senate seat in Alabama, voters will decide between Republican candidate Roy Moore and Democratic candidate Doug Jones in a special election on Tuesday. 

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