Senator Al Franken (D-MN) has been the target of an onslaught of negative criticism from Republicans for his handling of the sexual harassment allegations against him.
Now that the sexual misconduct allegations have surfaced, Republicans are attempting to smear his legacy as a progressive and even a moderate.
It seems that a number of GOP senators, who are known to be progressive and moderate, have already announced their intention to run for Senate, though not all of them are expected to run.
The most high profile of these is Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), who announced his intention to challenge Sen. Bernie Sanders in 2020.
Cotton has not announced whether he plans to run, and he is not expected to seek a sixth term in the Senate.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R – FL), who has been a staunch defender of President Donald Trump throughout the political crisis, has not been mentioned by name either, but he has been one of the most vocal critics of President Trump.
Senator Mike Lee (R – UT), another Republican senator who has not declared his intention, has also not announced his plans, though he has endorsed Sen. Cory Gardner (R, CO) in 2020, and has been endorsed by former Sen. Bob Casey (D, PA).
Sen. John McCain (R–AZ) has also been absent from the headlines for a number the reasons listed above.
The list of senators who have not announced their intentions is long, but there are some notable exceptions.
Sen.-elect Patrick Leahy (D – VT), who is the first member of the Republican majority to announce he will run for office, has said that he is considering running for the seat.
Leahy has said he would be open to running for a fourth term, though the senator himself has not commented on whether he will do so.
Sen.(R-VT), who served as president of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) during the 2016 campaign, is a former candidate for Vermont’s governor.
He has not said whether he is planning to run or whether he would run for a sixth Senate term.
The only senator who notched up a term in Congress as a Democrat is Sen.(D-VA), who was appointed to the U.S. Senate by President George W. Bush in 2006.
He served in the role until 2008 when he left office.
Sen(D-WV), who also served as a senator from the state of Washington, is one of only a few Republican senators to have served as governor or as president.
He was elected governor of Virginia in 2020 and re-elected in 2022.
He also served in Congress for eight years.
Sen Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has not yet announced whether or not he will seek a fourth Senate term, but the Vermont senator has said it is “not off the table.”
Sen(R-MS), who currently serves as the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, is another Republican who has yet to announce his intentions for a future Senate term or whether or when he will be seeking a sixth.
Sen, who currently sits on the Senate Finance Committee, announced last year that he was seeking re-election in 2020 for a second term.
Sen Marco Rubio(R -FL), who serves on the Ways and Means Committee, has yet again not announced which way he will vote on a number issues, but is expected to vote against the Republican health care bill.
Sen Lindsey Graham (R — SC), who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, was a member of President George H.W. Bush’s administration from 2001 to 2006.
In 2010, he became the first senator to be confirmed for reelection to the Senate, and currently serves on its Intelligence and Homeland Security Committees.
Sen Mark Kirk (R—IL), who will soon be a senator for Illinois, has been on the record as saying that he will not seek reelection to his seat in 2018.
In a speech to the conservative Heritage Foundation, Kirk said that his decision to seek reelection would be based on a “concrete set of priorities.”
Sen Marco Gutierrez (D — FL), a member from Florida, has stated that he would not run for re-enchantment, and is expected not to announce any plans for a run.
Sen Tim Scott (R)— who is a member on the Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees— has not stated whether he intends to run in 2020 or for another term in 2018, but it is expected that he may.
Sen Ron Johnson (R) of Wisconsin has not made any public announcements about his political ambitions, and his office has not responded to inquiries about whether he has considered running for another Senate term in 2020 if he decides to do so in 2020 after retiring.
Sen John Barrasso (R—-WY)— who served on the Intelligence Committee during the Bush Administration, and served as the chief deputy to President George HW Bush, has made no public announcements regarding his future plans.
Sen James Lankford (R––OK)—