Franken UNDER GREAT PRESSURE As BAND OF Democratic Senators Call For Him To Resign
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Several Democratic senators called Wednesday for Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., to step down amid allegations that he inappropriately touched several women.
Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.; Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii; Patty Murray, D-Rinse., Kamala Harris, D-Calif.; Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis. issued statements or postings on sociable media Wednesday.
Gillibrand, in a good Facebook post, said she has been “shocked and disappointed” to learn that a colleague she is “fond of personally has engaged in behavior towards women that is unacceptable.”
In her statement, Hirono cited Time magazine’s naming of the “#MeToo” movements as its person of the year, saying it acknowledged what “women have always known: there are men among us who use their positions of power and influence to manipulate, harass and assault women.” Hirono explained she struggled with her decision, calling Franken “an excellent Senator and a pal. “But,” she explained, “that cannot excuse his patterns and his treatment of girls.”
The seven women were quickly joined by three male Senate Democrats. Sens. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Joe Donnelly of Indiana also known as for Franken’s resignation Wednesday.
Early in the day, Politico published a story about a new, anonymous accuser against Franken. The girl told Politico Franken tried to forcibly kiss her in 2006. Franken denies that allegation.
Other women have said Franken involved in sexual misconduct with them – including groping or kissing them or attempting to do so. Just about all but not all the incidents allegedly occurred before Franken was elected to the Senate. The Senate Ethics Committee has begun an inquiry in to the allegations against Franken.