Female Democratic senators call on Al Franken to resign

Casey Dawson
December 7, 2017

Besides Durbin and Brown, men calling for Franken's resignation included, Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Bob Casey, D-Pa., Ed Markey, D-Mass., Joe Donnelly of Indiana.

Thirty Democratic senators - 13 female and 17 male including the second-ranking Democrat in chamber - called on Franken to resign as allegations of sexual harassment against him continue to mount.

At least nine Senate members on Wednesday said in quick succession over Twitter that the Minnesota Democrat should step down amid a growing list of sexual misconduct accusations. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire Patty Murray of Washington and Kamala Harris of California. "While he's entitled to an Ethics Committee hearing, I believe he should step aside to let someone else serve". But that can not excuse his behavior and his mistreatment of women.

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., did not immediately comment, but Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., was among those calling for Franken to step aside.

Franken has agreed to cooperate with the Senate Ethics Committee investigation into his behavior.

Franken called the allegation "categorically not true".

Whitehouse says he expects Franken to resign, "given what we have learned in recent weeks". To achieve lasting change, we will need to fight this everywhere on behalf of everyone by insisting on accountability and working to bring more women into leadership in each industry to fundamentally shift the culture.

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So, yeah, a ton of Democrats have asked for Franken to resign.

Since mid-November, several women have come forward to accuse Franken of groping or forcibly kissing them.

Sexual harassment and misconduct should not be allowed by anyone and should not occur anywhere.

"For me, I think it's time for my friend to resign", King said in a statement.

But the tide quickly turned against Mr. Franken Wednesday morning.

Franken says in his statement that the idea he'd claim such behavior as a 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.

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