Sens. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Sherrod Brown of OH released statements calling for Franken's resignation, as did the chairman of the Democratic National Committee Tom Perez. John Conyers (D-Mich.) exited this week in the wake of multiple sexual harassment allegations. It seems to me now that we're at a point that it would be best for the country and what would be best for his constituents is for Sen.
As of this writing, Franken has yet to publicly respond to the statements from his female colleagues and the others now backing them. "I am confident he will make the right decision". So, I have spent a lot of time reflecting on Senator Franken's behavior. It was time to call on him to step aside. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said today that he expects Franken to resign. "It is the right thing to do given this series of serious allegations". Al Franken resign from office. Although details were not forthcoming, the consensus was that he would resign.
Franken denied that specific allegation, but apologized more generally for episodes in which his behavior crossed the line.
The senator largely has been silent in public in recent weeks.
Several women have leveled accusations against Franken - some anonymously.
"He was between me and the door and he was coming at me to kiss me".
A former congressional aide told Politico that Franken attempted to forcibly kiss her in 2006 after a taping of his radio show.
Similar to other accusers' stories, Ms. Dupuy says Mr. Franken squeezed her buttocks while taking the picture.
Franken has agreed to cooperate with the Senate Ethics Committee investigation into his behavior.
"This allegation is categorically not true and the idea that I would claim this as my right as an entertainer is preposterous", Franken said. Al Franken of sexual harassment on Wednesday saying he groped her at a party in 2009.
In Minnesota, Democratic governor candidates State Auditor Rebecca Otto and state Rep. Erin Murphy have said he should leave. Interestingly, not so many Republicans have parroted their Democratic colleagues. He did not immediately react to the Wednesday allegations.
Kirsten Gillibrand was the first to call on her fellow Democrat to step down.
Last month, Los Angeles anchor and model Leeann Tweeden accused Franken of trying to kiss her and groping her breasts while she slept during a USO tour.