Bad news for Senator Al Franken this morning as many of those he once thought to be friends and allies turned upon the besieged lawmaker, joining with the public in demanding for his resignation as evidence of his sexual misconduct continues to pile up.
This reversal comes after a seventh woman, revealed by Politico to have been a former Democratic congressional aide, accused Franken of forcibly attempting to kiss her during a radio show in 2006. Franken has since denied the allegation, but it seemed to have been the last straw for many of his former supporters.
After this latest accusation went public a group of six female Senators, including key Dems like Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) and Kamala Harris (CA), issued statements calling for Franken to resign. They were joined later in the day by DNC party chair Tom Perez and NY Senator Chuck Schumer, a man who once called Al Franken his friend, giving even more support to their movement and showing Franken that his own party has now turned it’s back on him completely.
Sexual harassment and misconduct should not be allowed by anyone and should not occur anywhere. I believe the best thing for Senator Franken to do is step down.
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) December 6, 2017
“Obviously there were new allegations today, and enough is enough. I mean, this is a conversation we’ve been having for a very long time, and it’s a conversation that this country needs to have,” Gillibrand said at an event Wednesday. “And I think when we start having to talk about the differences between sexual assault, and sexual harassment and unwanted groping, you are having the wrong conversation. You need to draw a line in the sand and say none of it is OK. None of it is acceptable.”
Throughout the day, numerous more politicians and powerbrokers joined in, and the subject seemed to be the one thing that people on both sides of the aisle seemed to agree upon. Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate Majority Leader, sided with the many Democrats now aligned against Franken, and released a statement of his own saying “It now appears that Sen. Franken has lost the support of his colleagues, and most importantly, his constituents. I do not believe he can effectively serve the people of Minnesota in the U.S. Senate any longer.”
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