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Does Franken really intend to resign?

Speculation, controversy and confusion continue to surround U.S. Sen. Al Franken.
From the time that Franken announced he would resign amidst accusations of sexual harassment, there has been speculation that he really didn’t mean it.
Franken offered a vague “sometime in January” date for when he would step down. Some thought he was waiting to see how the contentious election in Alabama would play out between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones, who were vying for the seat left vacant when Jeff Sessions was appointed attorney general by President Donald Trump.
Others thought he was waiting to see who Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed to fill Franken’s vacancy until the general election in November.
Although his team has talked about a “transition” in January as Dayton’s appointee, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, comes on board, Franken himself hasn’t said much.
Recently, there also have been rumblings that some of the senators who called for Franken’s resignation are now having second thoughts.
Although we contend that Franken should have been accorded due process before being removed from or being asked to resign from his seat, he did make a decision to resign, of his own accord, and he ought to honor that.
An appointment to replace him already has been made, and he needs to announce a definite timeline for shifting his duties to Smith.
We don’t know much about Smith. Like many lieutenant governors, most of her dealings have been done in the shadow of the governor. But from what we’ve read about her, Smith seems to have a gift for building bridges and finding common ground that her boss often seems to lack. In fact, one of her talents is smoothing the feathers that Dayton has ruffled. (As a side note, we are grateful that Dayton, a former senator himself, didn’t make a Wendell Anderson move and appoint himself to the spot).
A behind-the-scenes persona who brokers agreements among dissenting parties would be a welcome asset to our polarized Congress, which contains too many politicians who are seemingly more interested in posturing, blaming and stirring up controversy than actually accomplishing anything for their constituents.
Franken needs to make a solid announcement soon as to whether he will follow through with his resignation or not. It’s time to put this issue to rest and move on.