Collins and King join chorus calling for Al Franken's resignation

Saul Bowman
December 7, 2017

Sens. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Sherrod Brown of OH released statements calling for Franken's resignation, as did the chairman of the Democratic National Committee Tom Perez. Stuart FrankenDem rep Moulton calls on Franken to resign Time is too politically correct to crown a worthy "Person of the Year" Conyers resigns amid sexual misconduct allegations MORE (D-Minn.) to resign in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct and growing calls from his colleagues to step aside. More than a half dozen female Democratic senators and some men called on him to resign. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire Patty Murray of Washington and Kamala Harris of California.

"I do not feel that he should continue to serve", said New York's Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

"I'm shocked and appalled by Senator Franken's behavior", wrote Sen. Mazie Hirono. "But that can not excuse his behavior and his mistreatment of women".

The Minnesota Democrat is facing a Senate Ethics Committee investigation into previous claims by several other women that he groped or sought to forcibly kiss them.

Franken apparently has not been in Minnesota since November 11, days earlier than allegations began to be reported a week before Thanksgiving. Al Franken to resign on Wednesday. We as elected leaders should absolutely be held to a higher standard, not a lower standard, and we should fundamentally be valuing women.

Al Franken appears to place his hands on model and radio host Leeann Tweeden's breasts in this photo released by Tweeden.

On Twitter, Sen. Claire McCaskill wrote simply: "Al Franken should resign".

"Sexual harassment is unacceptable", Sen.

The flurry of statements came at a pivotal moment in the country and the Congress.

She is the eight woman to accuse Mr. Franken of sexual misconduct, but one of the few to say the incident occurred while he was in the Senate. The unnamed woman told Politico that Franken attempted to force himself on her. "I was really startled by it and I just sort of booked it towards the door and he said, 'It's my right as an entertainer'". "I look forward to fully cooperating with the ongoing ethics committee investigation".

Franken denied the allegations from his former aide and called them "categorically not true". After that initial account, several other women came forward to say Franken inappropriately touched them.

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