Atkins: Political gains, losses come with Al Franken’s resignation

WASHINGTON — As U.S. Sen. Al Franken announced his resignation yesterday amid a growing number of sexual harassment claims, some Republicans openly defended Franken, a move that could prove to be irresistible political catnip to some Democrats — particularly those who did not want Franken to step down.

But that bait could bite Democrats back.

Republicans, of course, have their own problems at a time when the #MeToo movement is rising to a crescendo. Their top elected official,

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