Al Franken’s disgraceful sexual harassment actions from multiple accusers have led him to lose all support, even among his fellow Democrat politicians.
Most recently, Franken’s 7th accuser said he told her an unwanted kiss was his right as an entertainer.
Chuck Schumer, joined by Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris among others, are calling for Franken’s resignation in an organized effort.
Sen. Al Franken’s support among his fellow Democrats is cratering as a the top Senate Democrat and a host of female Democratic senators Wednesday called upon him to resign as allegations of sexual misconduct against the Minnesota lawmaker multiply.
In a brief statement on Wednesday, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said: “I consider Senator Franken a dear friend and greatly respect his accomplishments, but he has a higher obligation to his constituents and the Senate, and he should step down immediately.”
The statement came after a majority of Senate Democrats, led by female members, called for Franken to quit as a fresh accusation emerged about the senator.
Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Patty Murray, D-Wash., Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., all called on Franken to step down.
Sens. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., followed as the first male Democratic senators to call for Franken to step down.
The calls came as another woman accused Franken of sexual misconduct in an account to Politico.
“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.
Franken’s office says the senator will have an announcement on Thursday.