(Update – 2:41 pm EST) 24 Democratic senators have now called on Franken to resign.
WASHINGTON — Seven female Democratic senators have called on Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) to resign following multiple allegations that he had inappropriately kissed and touched several women.
Democratic Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hi.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) have each urged Franken to step down, the first of Franken’s inter-party colleagues to explicitly push for him to step down.
As elected officials, we should be held to the highest standards—not the lowest. The allegations against Sen. Franken describe behavior that cannot be tolerated. While he’s entitled to an Ethics Committee hearing, I believe he should step aside to let someone else serve.
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) December 6, 2017
Al Franken should resign.
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) December 6, 2017
Today, I am calling on my colleague Al Franken to step aside. I’ve struggled with this decision because he’s been a good Senator and I consider him a friend. But that cannot excuse his behavior and his mistreatment of women. (thread)
— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) December 6, 2017
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
Sexual harassment and misconduct should not be allowed by anyone and should not occur anywhere. I believe the best thing for Senator Franken to do is step down.
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) December 6, 2017
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 believe it is best for Senator Franken to resign.
— Sen. Tammy Baldwin (@SenatorBaldwin) December 6, 2017
Two male Democratic Senators, Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), followed the first seven women and said that Franken should resign.
The calls comes on the day that a new accuser has stepped forward, this time a former Congressional staffer who says that Franken tried to forcibly kiss her after her boss left the room following a taping of his radio show in 2006, according to POLITICO.
“It’s my right as an entertainer,” Franken reportedly said.
Franken told POLITICO that the latest accusation is “categorically not true.”
Six women have previously come forward to accuse Franken of forcibly kissing or groping them.
Franken has declined to resign, saying that the allegations should be investigated by the Senate Ethics Committee. He also has declined to answer questions from TMN on whether John Conyers (D-Mich.) should have resigned after he faced sexual harassment complaints and at least one of his alleged victims was paid thousands of dollars from a House fund after filing a complaint. Conyers retired yesterday.
The Senator has said that the allegations against him should be taken seriously, but that he recalls the previous incidents differently or not at all.