Six female senators have called on Sen. Al Franken to resign after several women came forward to accuse him of sexual impropriety.
“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,” wrote Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in a Facebook post.
The calls for Franken’s resignation come after talk radio host Leeann Tweeden first accused the senator on Nov. 16 of forcibly kissing her and groping her while she was asleep during a USO tour of the middle east in 2006. In the past two weeks, six other women have come forward with accusations of sexual misconduct against Franken.
On Wednesday, Politico reported that a seventh woman—a former Democratic congressional aid—has come forward accusing Franken of trying to forcibly kiss her in 2006 while he was the host of a radio show. He has denied the latest accusation.
Sen. Maggie Hassan tweeted, “It is clear that Al Franken has engaged in a pattern of egregious and unacceptable behavior toward women. He should resign.”
Sen. Mazie Hirono wrote, “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.”