More than half a dozen female senators are calling for Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart Franken
In total, eight Democrats senators – including Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandElaine Chao: Women can’t let harassment hold them backRep. Speier: Conyers’s pattern of conduct ‘is that of a predator’Abortion rights group launches first salvo against Illinois DemMORE (D-N.Y.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisOvernight Energy: Panel advances controversial Trump nominee | Ex-coal boss Blankenship to run for Senate | Dem commissioner joins energy regulatorSenate panel advances controversial environmental nomineeSanders proposes lifting Medicaid cap for Puerto RicoMORE (D-Calif.) – said Franken should resign, hours after another women accused him of trying to forcibly kiss her in 2006.
“While Senator 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,” Gillibrand said in a Facebook statement.
She added that “in the wake of the election of President Trump, in just the last few months, our society is changing, and I encourage women and men to keep speaking up to continue this progress. At this moment, we need to speak hard truths or lose our chance to make lasting change.”
Her statement came shortly before she and other lawmakers were scheduled to roll out new legislation aimed at tackling sexual harassment on Capitol Hill.
Harris added on Twitter that “I believe the best thing for Senator Franken to do is step down.”
Franken has been battling allegations of sexual misconduct since mid-November when radio host Leeann Tweeden said he kissed and groped her without her consent during a 2006 USO tour.
Since then multiple women have come forward saying Franken inappropriately touched them.
Democratic senators previously dodged calls for Franken to resign despite the growing allegations. As recently as last week said they were waiting for the Ethics Committee to review the accusations against him.
But the quick statements on Wednesday suggest coordination from the senators and represent the largest signal from Franken’s Senate colleagues that it’s time for him to leave the upper chamber.
Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayDems push for more money for opioid fightOvernight Health Care: Ryan’s office warns he wasn’t part of ObamaCare deal | House conservatives push for mandate repeal in final tax bill | Dem wants probe into CVS-Aetna mergerRyan’s office warning he wasn’t part of deal on ObamaCare: sourceMORE (Wash.), the No. 3 Democratic and the highest-ranking female senator, joined with her colleagues in calling Franken to step aside.
“I’m shocked and appalled by Sen. 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,” she said.
She added that “we cannot pick and choose based on political party or friendship who we call out.”
In addition to Murray, Harris and Gillibrand, Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillRight scrambles GOP budget strategySenate panel moves forward with bill to roll back Dodd-FrankBlack Dems see bias in response to sexual harassment casesMORE (Mo.), Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoDem senator: ‘Distraction’ to call for Franken’s resignationSenate Democrats introduce bill to block Trump’s refugee banOvernight Health Care: Senate tax bill to include ObamaCare mandate repeal | Dems seize on new ObamaCare fight | CBO warns tax bill could spur B in Medicare cutsMORE (Hawaii), Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinOvernight Cybersecurity: Flynn guilty plea brings Russia probe closer to White House | NSA worker admits to removing classified info | Dems revive data breach bill | Uber security managers step downFive takeaways from Trump Health nominee’s hearing‘Fed up’ women voters are preparing to run for political officeMORE (Wis.) and Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanOvernight Tech: Net neutrality repeal sparks backlash | Dems push FCC to delay repeal vote | Apple, Ireland reach deal over B tax bill | Facebook launches Messenger for kidsOvernight Regulation: Justices let full travel ban take effect | Trump slashes Utah land protections | Ban on sport betting teeters at high courtGroup of senators calls on FCC to delay net neutrality voteMORE (N.H.) are also calling in Franekn to step aside.
“It is clear that Al Franken has engaged in a pattern of egregious and unacceptable behavior toward women. He should resign,” Hassan said in a Twitter thread. “We are experiencing a change in our culture that is long overdue.”
Democratic Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyDems rip GOP over handwritten changes to tax planFive takeaways from Trump Health nominee’s hearingHHS nominee: Prescription drug prices too highMORE (Pa.) became the first male senator to call on Franken to step aside.
“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,” he said in a statement on Twitter.
The statements come after Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersDem rep Moulton calls on Franken to resign Nevada Dem says he won’t resign despite calls from party leadersOvernight Regulation: Feds push to clarify regs on bump stocks | Interior wants Trump to shrink two more monuments | Navajo Nation sues over monument rollback | FCC won’t delay net neutrality vote | Senate panel approves bill easing Dodd-Frank rulesMORE Jr. (D-Mich.) resigned from the House amid his own sexual harassment controversy, and Republicans tried unsuccessfully to get Alabama candidate Roy Moore — facing allegations of pursuing teenage girls when he was in his 30s — to withdraw from the Senate race.
Updated: 12:16 p.m.
Published at Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:18:17 +0000