Democratic Women Demand Sen. Al Franken Resign After New Sex Allegation

  • Senator Patty Murray says: ‘I’m shocked and appalled by his behavior’
  • Franken Sets Announcement for Thursday
 Al Franken stands accused of multiple counts of sexual misconduct. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Half a dozen female Democratic senators called on Al Franken to resign on Wednesday as another woman stepped forward to accuse the Minnesota Democrat of sexually inappropriate behavior.

Franken’s office said he would make a public statement – expected to include a response to the calls – on Thursday.

In Facebook posts, tweets and public statement, several Democrats urged their colleague to step aside amid widening accusations of sexual assault and misconduct against powerful men that have roiled Hollywood, Silicon Valley and Washington.

“I have spent a lot of time reflecting on Senator Franken’s behavior,” Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, a longtime advocate for victims of sexual assault, said in a Facebook post. “Enough is enough.”

Gillibrand was joined by Patty Murray of Washington, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Kamala Harris of California and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire.

Their calls were swiftly echoed by other colleagues, including Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, and Joe Donnelly of Indiana. Tom Perez, the chair of the Democratic National Committee also called on Franken to resign.

“Everyone must share the responsibility of building a culture of trust and respect for women in every industry and workplace, and that includes our party,” Perez said.



  1. Franken will be forced to Fall on His Sword within 24 hours.

    Even His Fellow Dems See there is nothing in it for them if they attempt to defend SenatorAl Scissor Hands.

    It is really hipocritical that Dems needed to be Dragged Kicking and Screaming into Dumping Franken!

    Al couldn’t Fill half even one Elementary School Gym in Snowflake City SFO if he decided to throw a Farewell Concert!

    Having said all of that I still believe that no one should be convicted without their Day in Court.

    In Frankens Case, along with Lauer, Harvey, and most of the rest there were Admissions of Guilt. With Franken there was a Pic of his Grope and then his Admission and Apology.

    I would like to see what PSR Blogger Barry has to say about this whole Can of Worms and the Dems now!

    I wonder, just how many of the Harvey, Franken, Conyers, Spacey, Bill Clinton Accusers/Victims are represented by Gloria Allred or Lisa Bloom?


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