Atlanta, GA – Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund Chairman Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today, reacting to radio host Leeann Tweeden’s allegations of sexual misconduct by now-Senator Al Franken and the photo of him groping her. Earlier this week, Jenny Beth wrote a column for The Hill, calling for Congress to be transparent about claims of sexual misconduct against Members and staff and about taxpayer-funded payments to alleged victims.
“The allegations made by Leeann Tweeden against now-Senator Al Franken are revolting, and the image of him groping her while she slept provides hard evidence to back up her story. Senators should be outraged about the gross misconduct of their colleague, Senator Franken. Coupled with revelations from earlier this week that Congress has a secret taxpayer-funded ‘Shush Fund’ that has paid more than $15 million to people who have accused Members of Congress or congressional staff of workplace violations, including sexual misconduct, it is beyond clear that Congress must get serious about its apparent cover-up culture. The American people have a right to know – immediately – on whose behalf these settlements were made. These payments were made with our hard-earned tax dollars.”