Former Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) now says he regrets stepping down from office in wake of a scandal.

In an interview with the New Yorker magazine (as reported by the Star Tribune), Mr. Franken now questions the "severity" of the allegations.

He resigned in late 2017 after a number of women accused him of unwanted touching and kissing.

In addition, seven current and former senators have expressed regret that they called for Mr. Franken's resignation at the time, among them former Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND).

The main part of the New Yorker article deals with the accusations made by Leeann Tweeden, now a spokesperson for the conservative movement. In a now-famous photo, Mr. Franken, is seen apparently reaching for Ms. Tweeden's breasts while she is asleep  aboard a military plane on the way home from a USO tour.

Ms. Tweeden also alleged that Mr. Franken wrote a skit with her in mind in which she was "forced" to kiss him.

Does this mean Al Franken plans to make another bid for office? Current Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar for one says she doesn't know if Mr. Franken has plans to run.

[Source: New Yorker, via Minneapolis Star Tribune]