Several senators including Claire McCaskill are calling on fellow Democratic Sen. As the nation grapples with allegations of persistent sexual harassment by powerful men, the resignation of not just one but possibly two prominent Democratic lawmakers would suggest tolerance for lawmakers accused of harassment is waning on Capitol Hill, which has been criticized as soft on perpetrators compared with the private sector.
Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Patty Murray of Washington, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Kamala Harris of California, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, Sen.
"I do not feel that he should continue to serve", said New York's Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
"Today, I am calling on my colleague Al Franken to step aside", Hirono (D-Hawaii) agreed on Twitter". "I consider Senator Franken to be a friend and have enjoyed working with him in the Senate in our shared fight to help American families". Franken describe behavior that can not be tolerated.
The Minnesota Democrat is facing a Senate Ethics Committee investigation into previous claims by several other women that he groped or sought to forcibly kiss them.
Franken called the allegation "categorically not true". "I have listened to my female colleagues, to women I work with and women in my life", said Sen.More news: Pizza Hut tests beer and wine delivery
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Since then, multiple women have come forward saying Franken inappropriately touched them during photo ops and at other events.
Another sexual harassment accusation against U.S. Sen. So, I have spent a lot of time reflecting on Senator Franken's behavior.
The calls come hours after a Politico report in which another woman accused Franken of trying to forcibly kiss her in 2006.
The group of seven women senators made their statements in unison on Wednesday morning, although not all of the female Senate Democrats joined them.
A photo from that tour shows Franken with his hands hovering over her clothed breasts as he mugs for the camera. "I look forward to fully cooperating with the ongoing ethics committee investigation".
Hassan wrote that Franken "has engaged in a pattern of egregious and unacceptable behavior toward women".