Dozens of Senators Demand Senator Franken’s Resignation
After seven women came forward to accuse Al Franken of sexual misconduct, more than half of the Senate’s Democratic senators have called on Sen. Al Franken to resign.
Talk radio host Leeann Tweeden first accused the senator on Nov. 16 of forcibly kissing her and groping her while she was asleep. In the past three weeks, six other women have come forward. But the calls for Franken’s resignation are coming after the latest allegation, after Politico reported that a seventh woman accused Franken of trying to forcibly kiss her.
In a statement on Facebook, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wrote: “While Senator Franken is entitled to have the Ethics Committee conclude its review, I believe it would be better for our country if he sent a clear message that any kind of mistreatment of women in our society isn’t acceptable by stepping aside to let someone else serve.”
In her call for his resignation, Ms. Gillibrand was joined by Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Patty Murray of Washington, Kamala Harris of California, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, Maria Cantwell of Washington, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Tammy Duckworth of Illinois and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, who issued statements in a coordinated effort.
Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, along with Senators Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts, Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee have also issued their support.
While Franken has apologized and said he will cooperate with the investigation, the senators said his admissions are not enough. Faced with the senators’ calls to resign, Franken’s office has announced that he will make an announcement on Thursday.