The Associated Press FRANKEN: In this July 25, 2016, photo, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., takes the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Franken has spent much of his nine years as senator trying to shed his funnyman image and digging into issues. That rising trajectory has been interrupted by allegations that he forcibly kissed one woman and squeezed another's buttocks without their permission.

The Associated Press FRANKEN: In this July 25, 2016, photo, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., takes the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Franken has spent much of his nine years as senator trying to shed his funnyman image and digging into issues. That rising trajectory has been interrupted by allegations that he forcibly kissed one woman and squeezed another's buttocks without their permission.

Franken's rising political star obscured by accusations

By ALAN FRAM and KYLE POTTER The Associated Press
This article was published November 24, 2017 at 4:00 a.m.

WASHINGTON -- "Many of you have jobs, many of you have families," Sen. Al Franken told Democratic leaders gathered on the eve of a hotly contested governor's election in Virginia. After an expectant pause, he leaned into the microphone and added, "Ignore them."

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