The female Democratic senators began calling for Franken to resign the same day the Minnesota Democrat faced his seventh accusation of sexual misconduct. Al Franken will make an announcement Thursday, his office told reporters, as calls for the Minnesota Democrat's resignation rapidly gained momentum Wednesday in dramatic fashion.
Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (New York), Patty Murray (Washington), Claire McCaskill (Missouri), Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), Kamala Harris (California), Maggie Hassan (New Hampshire) and Tammy Baldwin (Wisconsin) all issued statements within minutes of each other on Wednesday afternoon. I urge Sen. Franken to do just that: listen to the Senate's female leaders, and evaluate if he can continue to be an effect Senator for the people of Minnesota, given the growing number of allegations against him.
I have been shocked and disappointed to learn over the last few weeks that a colleague I am fond of personally has engaged in behavior towards women that is unacceptable. The first was a Los Angeles radio host, Leann Tweeden, who said that Franken forced a kiss on her during a USO tour several years ago before he joined the Senate.
"Sen. Al Franken should step down". He's repeatedly promised to "cooperate completely" with any investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee into his past behavior.
Franken apparently has not been in Minnesota since November 11, days earlier than allegations began to be reported a week before Thanksgiving. Al Franken, D-Minn., speaks to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington. "Everyone must share the responsibility of building a culture of trust and respect for women in every industry and workplace, and that includes our party".
So, yeah, a ton of Democrats have asked for Franken to resign.
Another sexual harassment accusation against U.S. Sen.
At least six women - three named and three unnamed - have accused Franken of inappropriately touching them.
"I want to hear what they say and I think this society is finally willing to address this bad problem", Mr.
The chorus of calls for Franken to step down comes just a day after Democratic Rep. John Conyers of MI, the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives, announced that he was resigning after revelations that he had been accused of sexual harassment against staff members. "I look forward to fully cooperating with the ongoing ethics committee investigation".
"This allegation is categorically not true and the idea that I would claim this as my right as an entertainer is preposterous".
For his part, Franken has apologized for the earlier incidents, but has shown no signs of plans to give up his seat.