Reid says he wishes Franken would run for Senate again

Reid says he wishes Franken would run for Senate again
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Former Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidNevada journalist: Harry Reid will play 'significant role' in Democratic primary The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - A crucial week on impeachment The Hill's Morning Report — Pelosi makes it official: Trump will be impeached MORE (D-Nev.) says in a new interview that he wishes former Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenLankford to be named next Senate Ethics chairman The job no GOP senator wants: 'I'd rather have a root canal' Take Trump literally and seriously in Minnesota MORE (D-Minn.) would run again, despite Franken's resignation amid a slew of sexual misconduct allegations.

Reid told the Daily Beast in an interview published Wednesday that Franken, 68, made a "good senator" who got a "bad deal" from his fellow Democrats, many of whom urged him to resign after multiple women accused him of inappropriate and unwanted sexual contact in 2017.

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“I wish he would [run again],” Reid said. “But I don't think he will. He just feels hurt. And he was a good senator.”

“He got a bad deal,” he added.

The former Nevada senator retired two years before Franken's ouster and currently sits on the faculty at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas's law school.

Minnesota's two sitting senators — including Franken's replacement, Sen. Tina SmithTina Flint SmithDemocrats will win back the Senate majority in 2020, all thanks to President Trump On The Money: Fed faces crossroads as it weighs third rate cut | Dem presses Mnuchin on 'alleged rampant corruption' | Boeing chief faces anger at hearing | Trouble for House deal on Ex-Im Bank Democrats renew push for contractor back pay from government shutdown MORE — are both Democrats. Smith's current term is up next year, while Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharBooker leads other 2020 Dems in petition urging DNC to change debate qualifications Democrats threaten to skip next debate over labor dispute Senate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial MORE, whose term doesn't end until 2024, is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.

In a recent interview, Franken told The New Yorker that he should have waited for the results of the Senate Ethics Committee's investigation before resigning.

“I can’t go anywhere without people reminding me of this, usually with some version of ‘You shouldn’t have resigned,’ ” he said.

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandAdvocacy groups decry Trump's 'anti-family policies' ahead of White House summit This bipartisan plan is the most progressive approach to paid parental leave Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' MORE (D-N.Y.), who is also running for president and was one of Franken's earliest critics in the Senate, has defended her calls for Franken to resign in recent weeks, noting that multiple women came forward with similar allegations of inappropriate behavior.

“Who is being held accountable for Al Franken’s decision to resign? Women senators, including me. It’s outrageous,” Gillibrand said last month.