Senator Al Franken built his political career by playing his show-business charisma and his passion for straight talk off of each other.
In the book he published earlier this year, “Al Franken, Giant of the Senate,” he wrote about the joy he takes in “eviscerating” mealy-mouthed witnesses during Senate hearings, such as the time he forced a scholar from the American Enterprise Institute to concede that the government is, in fact, capable of creating jobs.
“I can’t help it,” Franken wrote.
“I love getting these guys.”
On Thursday, a model turned radio-news anchor named Leeann Tweeden published an essay describing how Franken forcibly kissed her while they were rehearsing a skit during a U.S.O.
In the picture, Tweeden, wearing a helmet and a flak jacket, is asleep in her seat on a military cargo plane.