Al Franken hasn’t ruled out running for office again

Al Franken, who resigned from the Senate in January after more than a half-dozen women claimed he sexually harassed them, said he hasn’t ruled out running for office.

“I don’t know. I haven’t ruled it out, and I haven’t ruled it in,” Franken told a CBS station in Minnesota on Monday.

Franken, a former “Saturday Night Live” cast member before his election in 2008, stepped down after the women said he groped them or touched them inappropriately.

Radio host and model Leeann Tweeden was the first to speak out about Franken’s behavior, writing in a blog post in November that he “forcibly kissed” her and pretended to grab her breasts during a USO tour in 2006.

Seven other women, some anonymously, then came forward to recount their experiences with Franken.

He was at first reluctant to step down, but a number of female senators pressed him to resign.

He said he still misses being part of the legislative body.

“I miss the whole job. I loved that job, I loved the job as senator. … It was very meaningful for me and bittersweet, I would like to still be there,” he told WCCO.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton named Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to temporarily fill his seat.

She’s running in a special election in November against Republican Karin Housley.

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