“Enough is Enough”: Democratic Senators Call for Al Franken’s Resignation
McCaskill kept it short, tweeting: “Al Franken should resign.” Radio news anchor Leeann Tweeden was the first to accuse Franken of sexual harassment last month. The Senate Democrats’ demands came hours after Politico reported that a seventh woman — a former Democratic congressional aide — has come forward, saying that Franken tried to forcibly kiss her after a taping of his radio show in 2006. The aide said after ducking to avoid the kiss, Franken told her: “It’s my right as an entertainer.” “This allegation is categorically not true and the idea that I would claim this as my right as an entertainer is preposterous. I look forward to fully cooperating with the ongoing ethics committee investigation,” Franken told Politico in a statement. Harris joined her colleagues, tweeting that “sexual harassment and misconduct should not be allowed by anyone and should not occur anywhere,” adding that “I believe the best thing for Senator Franken to do is step down.”
It is clear that Al Franken has engaged in a pattern of egregious and unacceptable behavior toward women. He should resign.— Sen. Maggie Hassan (@SenatorHassan) December 6, 2017
“I’ve struggled with this decision because he’s been a good Senator and I consider him a friend,” Hirono tweeted, “but that cannot excuse his behavior and his mistreatment of women.” Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania was the first male Democratic senator to call for Franken’s resignation. He was joined by Sens. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Michael Bennet of Colorado, Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, and Democratic Whip Dick Durbin.The list also includes: Sens. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Maria Cantwell of Washington, Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, Dianne Feinstein of California, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Ron Wyden of Oregon, Tom Carper of Delaware, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
I’m shocked and appalled by Senator Franken’s behavior. It’s clear to me that this has been a deeply harmful, persistent problem and a clear pattern over a long period of time.It’s time for him to step aside.— Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray) December 6, 2017
I have listened to them. I have 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.— Sherrod Brown (@SenSherrodBrown) 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,” Casey tweeted. Delaware Sen. Chris Coons told reporters that as vice chair of the Senate Ethics Committee, which is currently investigating the allegations against Franken, he’s unable to comment. Senate Democrats were speechless when The Intercept asked for a reaction shortly after news of the first allegation broke in November, although Franken’s colleagues forcefully condemned the behavior and called for an ethics probe.Calls for Franken’s resignation come just one day after Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan announced his immediate retirement. Conyers also faced numerous sexual harassment allegations, which he denies. The post “Enough is Enough”: Democratic Senators Call for Al Franken’s Resignation appeared first on The Intercept.
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