Al Franken has managed to hold onto his job up until recently but in light of new allegations of sexual harassment, a political dog pile is now taking place. Multiple people in his own party are calling on him to resign.
Democrats line up to call for Al Franken’s resignation after latest sexual misconduct allegation
At least 25 Democratic senators and the party’s chief urged Sen. Al Franken to resign Wednesday following the latest sexual misconduct allegation against him.
After the resignation calls, Franken’s office said the senator would make an “announcement” on Thursday. It didn’t elaborate.
Senator Franken will be making an announcement tomorrow. More details to come.
— Sen. Al Franken (@SenFranken) December 6, 2017
Earlier Wednesday, Politico reported that a former Democratic congressional aide is accusing the Minnesota Democrat of forcibly trying to kiss her 11 years ago, adding to a string of allegations against him.
In a statement before Democratic women started the calls for his resignation, Franken denied the latest accusation against him.
In a succession of statements Wednesday, at least 25 of Franken’s Senate Democratic colleagues — about half of the party’s caucus — pushed for him to step down. Among them were Dick Durbin of Illinois and Patty Murray of Washington, the second and third-ranking Senate Democrats, respectively.
UPDATE: 11 Democratic senators have called on Sen. Franken to step aside:
• Sen. Gillibrand
• Sen. Hirono
• Sen. McCaskill
• Sen. Hassan
• Sen. Harris
• Sen. Murray
• Sen. Baldwin
• Sen. Casey
• Sen. Donnelly
• Sen. Brown
• Sen. Stabenowhttps://t.co/QrA2Sc3M8b
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 6, 2017