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Francis Rooney weighs in on Senate sex misconduct allegations

Posted at 6:54 PM, Nov 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-17 18:54:15-05

Southwest Florida Congressman Francis Rooney weighed in Friday on allegations of sexual misconduct against high-profile politicians. Recently, women have come forward to accuse Senator Al Franken, a Democrat from Minnesota, and Roy Moore, an Alabama Republican running for the Senate, of groping them.

"The word that comes to mind from all those folks is despicable," Rooney said. "This kind of behavior is abhorrent. It's abhorrent by anybody that does it."

Radio host Leeann Tweeden claims Franken forcibly kissed and groped her 11 years ago, before Franken was elected, while they were rehearsing a scene to entertain troops in the Middle East and Afghanistan. 

"He just mashes his mouth to my lips and, you know, it's lke wet, and he puts his tongue in my mouth," Tweeden said.

On Twitter, President Donald Trump called a photo in which Franken appears to touch her Tweeden's breasts while she slept on a plane "really bad."

Roy Moore is facing accusations from women who say he sexually assaulted them when they were in their teens.

"Mr. Moore reached over and began groping me and putting his hands on my breasts," said Beverly Young Nelson in a statement.

"It's just incredible that people who hold themselves up to some kind of public trust would behave the way that some of these people have behaved," Rooney said.

Franken has issued an apology to Tweeden.

Roy Moore, on the other hand, has denied the allegations against him.

A White House spokeswoman said that the President supports the Republican National Committee's decision to withdraw resources from Moore's Senate race.