Local woman who says Sen. Franken groped her reacts to resignation
MAINEVILLE, Ohio (WKRC) - As many as eight women said Al Franken inappropriately touched or groped them. One them is from the Tri-State.
One of Senator Al Franken's accusers says a resignation was not what she was asking for when she accused him of groping her.
But Stephanie Kemplin says his decision to resign was the one correct thing he has done.
As Senator Al Franken announced plans to resign in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations, he remained somewhat defiant.
"Over the last few weeks, a number of women have come forward to talk about how they felt my actions had affected them. I was shocked. I was upset. But in responding to their claim, I also wanted to be respectful of that broader conversation. Because all women deserve to be heard and their experiences taken seriously. I think that was the right thing to do. I also think it gave some people the false impression that I was admitting to doing things that in fact I haven't done. Some of the allegations against me are simply not true. Others I remember very differently,” said Franken.
“I of all people am aware that there is some irony in the fact I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape of his history of sexual assault is in the Oval Office, and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls has the full support of his party,” Franken said.
Army Veteran Stephanie Kemplin remembers very well her encounter with Franken when he was on a USO tour while she was stationed in the Middle East. She says just before posing for a picture, he put his arm around her and cupped her breast The Maineville woman says Franken is still trying to shift the blame.
“I’m very disappointed,” said Kemplin.
Kemplin says she thinks Franken was trying to take the heat off himself when he tried to draw comparisons with allegations leveled against President Donald Trump and Judge Roy Moore.
Kemplin says she feels sadness, not for Franken but for his family. She says she is not happy it came to him stepping down from a US Senate seat.
Kemplin says it wasn’t easy coming forward and even after so many women have in recent weeks, it still won’t be any easier. There is hate mail, social media reactions. She says it’s something people still need to talk about and have follow-up discussions.
While difficult, she says she has no regrets.
Senator Franken says his resignation will officially take effect in a few weeks. The move came after many of his Democratic Senate colleagues urged him to step aside.