“I think his resignation was the best for the integrity of the office, because there is no integrity if we’re not holding everyone accountable. It’s a lose-lose situation here. It’s not like I’m jumping up and down rejoicing. You are watching somebody probably having the worst day of his life. I feel bad, and feel bad for his family.”- Leeann Tweeden, the first woman to accuse Franken, to the Washington Post
“You can’t be a champion of women and then turn around and assault us. It’s not how it works.” - Stephanie Kemplin, who said Franken groped her during a USO tour 14 years ago, to the Washington Post
“It wasn’t an apology to his victims. It was a man feeling sorry for himself that this came up. … The right thing to do was to not parade his victims in front of the ethics committee.” - Tina Dupuy, a Manhattan-based writer and former Democratic congressional staffer, who said Franken groped her in 2009.
“It’s frustrating to me that there was no apology. If we respect women and their experience, then eight different women saying they had similar experiences should be taken seriously.” - Abby Honold, a sexual assault survivor-turned advocate who worked with Franken to draft legislation to help other survivors. She distanced herself from Franken after the accusations.