Nine Democratic senators said on Wednesday that Sen. Al Franken should resign after yet another woman came forward to accuse the U.S. Senator of Minnesota of sexual misconduct.
Fox News reports:
Sens. Claire McCaskill, Maggie Hassan, Kirsten Gillibrand, Patty Murray, Mazie K. Hirono, Kamala Harris, Debbie Stabenow and Tammy Baldwin all called for Franken to step down.
The women did not mince words.
“Sexual harassment and misconduct should not be allowed by anyone and should not occur anywhere. I believe the best thing for Senator Franken to do is step down,” Harris, D-Calif., said.
Hassan tweeted, “It is clear that Al Franken has engaged in a pattern of egregious and unacceptable behavior toward women. He should resign.”
Pennsylvania’s Sen. Bob Casey became the first male Democratic male senator to call for Franken to step down.
“I agree with my colleagues who have stepped forward today and called on Senator Franken to resign,” Casey tweeted. “We can’t just believe women when it’s convenient.”
Sen. Sherrod Brown said he has “listened to my female colleagues, to women I work with and women in my life. And I agree the time has come for Senator Franken to step aside.”
Since radio broadcaster Leeann Tweeden first came forward last month to say that Al Franken had groped her while she slept in 2006, five more women have accused Franken of sexual misconduct and harassment.
Sexual harassment and misconduct should not be allowed by anyone and should not occur anywhere. I believe the best thing for Senator Franken to do is step down.
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) December 6, 2017
I agree with my colleagues who have stepped forward today and called on Senator Franken to resign. We can’t just believe women when it’s convenient.
— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) December 6, 2017
Fox News continues:
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wrote on Facebook that while 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.”
More allegations also emerged Wednesday, with a woman accusing Franken of forcibly trying to kiss her – this time after a taping of his radio show in 2006 […]
The accuser, who was not identified, said Franken tried to kiss her but that she ducked. Franken, a former “Saturday Night Live” performer who was a host on the now-defunct “Air America” radio network at the time, allegedly followed up by telling her it was his “right as an entertainer.”
“He was between me and the door and he was coming at me to kiss me,” she told Politico. “It was very quick and I think my brain had to work really hard to be like ‘Wait, what is happening?’ But I knew whatever was happening was not right and I ducked.
Moreover, Senator Franken tweeted that he would be “making an announcement tomorrow” on his official Twitter page. The tweet contained no information on what the announcement would be about, besides that there would be “more details to come.”
He could be taking the advice of the senators who’ve called for his resignation.
Senator Franken will be making an announcement tomorrow. More details to come.
— Sen. Al Franken (@SenFranken) December 6, 2017
This very well could be the end for Senator Franken.