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Al Franken Joked in 1999 That Sex Scandal Would Destroy Him

Al Franken Joked in 1999 That Sex Scandal Would Destroy Him
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By    |   Friday, 08 December 2017 02:58 PM

Sen. Al Franken, long before he entered politics, playfully wrote that he would be elected president only to become embroiled in a sex scandal.

In his comical 1999 book, "Why Not Me? The Inside Story of the Making and Unmaking of the Franken Presidency," the "Saturday Night Live" star and future Minnesota senator, joked about how his time in the White House would be marred by dishonor.

"Let me say here and now that I regret very deeply the harm that I've done both to people I care about and people I don't really care about all that much," Franken, writing as a fictional president, tells his constituents after he is caught in a sex scandal.

"I am sorry. I apologize. It was wrong. What I did was wrong. I'm sorry. I am so, so sorry. Boy, am I sorry."

The made-up passage is eerily reminiscent of Franken's recent mea culpa after eight women came forward to accuse him of groping or sexually harassing them over the years.

"Some women have found my greetings or embraces for a hug or photo inappropriate, and I respect their feelings about that," the Minnesota Democrat said in a statement last month.

"I've thought a lot in recent days about how that could happen, and recognize that I need to be much more careful and sensitive in these situations. I feel terribly that I've made some women feel badly and for that I am so sorry, and I want to make sure that never happens again."

On Thursday, the Minnesota Democrat and married father of two said he would resign within a few weeks after the eighth accuser came forward and propelled top senatorial Democrats including Chuck Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand and Claire McCaskill to call for him to step down.

The book's quizzical passages were first reported by The Daily Beast's Harry Siegel.

The Amazon description for "Why Not Me?" says it bares "the dramatic rise and dizzying fall of Al Franken, who would become the first Jewish president of the United States."

In the book, the fictional president pays for his campaign through the proceeds of a 900-number "lesbian phone sex line," then admits causing "pain in his marriage," but "boldly refuses to dignify any questions from the media regarding past, present, or future sexual behavior."

In its review, Booklist wrote: "In an effort to be funny (and this book is often very, very funny), the author paints himself as a cheating, lying womanizer who is also stupid."

Before his real-life sex scandal, Franken has been eyed as a possible candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.

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