Is Al Franken done with Minnesota politics? All the signs point to ... maybe

The former Minnesota senator hasn't ruled it out.
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At his first public event since resigning as Minnesota's senator, Al Franken was enigmatic about his future prospects of returning to the political fray.

The former U.S. senator was a guest of the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School on Monday, when it re-opened after a long-awaited, multi-million dollar revamp to fix some truly abysmal and dangerous conditions.

Franken was among those who helped bring about the allocation of $12 million of funding on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation.

While there, he gave an interview to WCCO's Esme Murphy, telling her that he "loved" his job representing Minnesota, and attending the school reopening was bittersweet as he'd still like to be a senator.

Franken resigned in January after coming under pressure from within his own party to step down, amid allegations of inappropriate conduct by several women.

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When asked whether he would return to politics by Murphy, Franken was non-committal.

"Well, see, if I say anything there you will put it in the story. I don’t know. I haven’t ruled it out, and I haven’t ruled it in."

A Star Tribune poll of Minnesotans in January found that while most believed the allegations of inappropriate touching leveled against Franken, 48 percent didn't think he should have resigned, compared to 41 percent who said he should have.

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