Franken rules out impeachment against Gillibrand for Senate seat

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Alexandra Fetissoff, a spokeswoman for Franken, said Political that while the former senator misses the upper house, he does not plan to challenge Gillibrand, who called for his resignation in January 2018 on allegations of sexual misconduct.

He first told Politico that Franken “has no intention of running for Senate,” then followed with a narrower statement saying “Yes, I miss the Senate, but I’m not running against Kirsten Gillibrand.”

Speculation swirled regarding a possible political comeback for Franken after he told the Massachusetts-based newspaper The republican last month that he is “keeping my options open” on whether or not to make another offer for public office.

Franken resigned from the Senate in December 2017 after being accused of sexual misconduct by eight women, and after a photo was posted of him groping a sleeping woman.

The senator faced mounting pressure to resign, especially from Gillibrand. However, he said that the accusations against him were false and maintained that he remembered some cases differently.

Franken in July 2019 said he was “absolutely” sorry to resign from the Senate, after The New Yorker held a dive deep in the accusations. Seven current or former senators who called for his resignation at the time told the magazine they regretted doing so.

Sources close to Franken told Politico that he is still angry at how Gillibrand urged him to resign amid the allegations.

Franken is now on tour with his comedy show “The Only Former US Senator Currently On Tour Tour,” which has scheduled stops through December.

Politico noted that while the former senator often invokes his former colleagues as a punchline for the jokes, he has not spoken about Gillibrand.

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Gillibrand has not faced a competitive primary race during his tenure in the Senate. She is ready for re-election in 2024.

He ran an unsuccessful bid for president in 2020 but withdrew months before primary votes were cast amid low poll numbers.

The senator said Political in May he is “definitely” considering another run for the White House.

The Hill reached out to Franken’s spokeswoman for more information and Gillibrand for comment.

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