David Axelrod: Dems 'sacrificed' Franken to help them win Alabama

David Axelrod: Dems 'sacrificed' Franken to help them win Alabama

Strategist David Axelrod said he thinks Senate Democrats "sacrificed" former Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenWhy Smokin' Joe leads the pack of 2020 Democratic hopefuls Pawlenty to announce bid for Minnesota governor Al Franken: Sessions firing McCabe ‘is hypocrisy at its worst’ MORE (D-Minn.) to help them win the Alabama Senate race.

"As two new senators are sworn in today, I can’t help thinking that Al Franken was sacrificed by Senate Dems to enhance their chances against Moore in Alabama," Axelrod, who served as a top adviser to former President Obama, tweeted Wednesday.

"Perhaps an ethics review would have led to the same result, but Franken never got a hearing."

Last month, Senate Democrats came out in droves calling on Franken to resign from his seat after he was accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct.

On Tuesday, Franken officially submitted his resignation.

“I am grateful to Minnesotans for giving me the chance to serve our state and our nation, and I am proud to have worked on their behalf,” Franken wrote in the letter to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D).

Franken’s replacement, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith (D), will be sworn in Wednesday.

Franken's announcement last month that he would resign came shortly before Democrat Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreGOP intensifies war against Blankenship in West Virginia The Hill's Morning Report: Hannity drawn into Cohen legal fight Blankenship compares McConnell to 'the Russians' for 'interfering' in W.Va. primary MORE in the special Senate election in Alabama.

Moore faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, including from a woman who last year accused him of initiating a sexual encounter with her when she was 14 and he was 32. 

Moore repeatedly denied the allegations. He said after the election that he completed a lie detector test, which he claimed proved the allegations of sexual misconduct were untrue.

Jones will be sworn in on Wednesday.