Democratic Women in Senate Call on Al Franken to Resign

NEW YORK NY- MARCH 30  Comedian Al Franken performs at the Air America Radio Launch Party

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And it wasn't only women in the Senate, as Sen. "I look forward to fully cooperating with the ongoing ethics committee investigation", said the senator to Politico.

Politico has reported that a former Democratic congressional aide has claimed that Sen.

Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Patty Murray of Washington, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Kamala Harris of California, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii also joined in the call for Franken to resign. Al Franken to resign.

Gillibrand was the first to speak out, posting on Facebook that she was "shocked and disappointed to learn over the last few weeks that a colleague I am fond of personally has engaged in behavior towards women that is unacceptable" and said it was a "moment of reckoning" for those who have been accused of sexual harassment and assault.

Franken denied the accusation in a statement to Politico saying: "This allegation is categorically not true and the idea that I would claim this as my right as an entertainer is preposterous". He has been accused of inappropriately touching several women.

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She was in her mid-20s at the time and says she was alone with Franken after taping a radio show. Franken has apologized for groping Tweeden and apologized to the other women for making them feel disrespected but has combatted some of their claims.

If Franken were forced to resign, it wouldn't change anything immediately in the Senate, because there is a Democratic Governor in Minnesota, who would appoint a replacement, before a special election in that state.

The developments left Franken in an increasingly hard position; the Minnesota Senator has shrugged off calls for his resignation, offering up apologies to women who came forward with their stories.

"I know that I am going to have to be much more conscious in these circumstances - much more careful, much more sensitive", Franken said during a press conference last week.

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