Franken ashamed but says he’ll return to work on Monday


Sen. Al Franken is embarrassed, ashamed … and ready to get back to work.

For days, Franken has been out of sight — reflecting, he said, on his behavior and the accounts of women who say he groped and demeaned them.

“I’ve let a lot of people down and I’m hoping I can make it up to them and gradually regain their trust,” said Franken, who broke an eight-day silence Sunday to talk by phone about what he’s done and what he’ll be doing next.

For starters, he said, “I’m looking forward to getting back to work tomorrow.”

But while the Senate debates Republican tax cuts and vets the Trump administration’s pick for Minnesota’s 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, Franken will face lingering questions about whether he can still do his job when many people now associate him with a grinning face in an 11-year-old photo, hands hovering suggestively over a sleeping woman’s chest.

Franken said he hopes his own experiences, and the ethics investigation he has called into his own behavior, will eventually make “a positive contribution to the conversation, so I can be a better public servant and a better man.”

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