Susie Tompkins Buell, a major Democratic Party donor and longtime supporter of Hillary Clinton, is hinting that she will withhold money from Democrats who were instrumental in forcing former Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) to resign amid sexual harassment allegations.
In an interview with Politico, Buell says that she believes Franken got railroaded by his fellow Democrats into resigning after multiple women accused him of inappropriately touching them.
“I feel like it was so unfair,” she says. “It seemed like the people that forced him out—it was like vigilantes on the rampage. It just struck me as so wrong.”
Buell singled out Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) for her being the first Democratic senator to call for Franken’s resignation.
“This has been her issue, sexual harassment… and I respect her very much for that, but I felt at that moment she just went way too fast and she kind of dragged everyone along with her,” she said.
When asked by Politico if this meant she wouldn’t donate to Gillibrand and other senators who forced Franken out, Buell wouldn’t commit one way or the other.
“I haven’t made a decision,” she said. “I don’t really know. I’m just kind of waiting to see.”