Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Sen. McCaskill among senators calling for Al Franken to resign

Sen. McCaskill among senators calling for Al Franken to resign

His once-promising political career in shambles, Minnesota Sen.

Not calling for their own members to resign "muddies the waters between right and wrong", said Rebecca Katz, a progressive strategist. He remained out of public sight Wednesday.

WASHINGTON - At least 10 U.S. Democratic senators on Wednesday called for fellow Democrat Al Franken to resign in light of allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

"No final decision has been made and the senator is still talking with his family", the tweet read. "This morning I spoke with Sen". He'll reportedly be making some sort of announcement on Thursday. "I was really startled by it and I just sort of booked it towards the door and he said, 'It's my right as an entertainer'". So, I have spent a lot of time reflecting on Senator Franken's behavior.

And Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader in the Senate, said Franken "should step down immediately".

However, some Republicans agreed with the avalanche of Democrats that Franken should resign outright.

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Tillis said "if the election in Alabama produces a win for Mr. Moore it too needs to be subject to an ethics investigation and we go from there", echoing the same hesitancy he has with the case with Franken.

But with accusations mounting, many Democrats - ever mindful of how the scandal could impact their efforts to gain congressional seats in next year's mid-term elections - turned on their colleague. He talked to some Minnesota reporters and briefly talked to Washington media last week before heading to his first Senate meeting after allegations began. He has been accused of inappropriately touching several women.

In politics, of course, the problem of sexual harassment and sexual assault is not limited to any one party. The most recent accusation came in a Politico report Wednesday, in which, a woman who chose not to be identified alleged Franken tried to forcibly kiss her after a taping of his radio show in 2006.

Franken has apologized for most of the incidents and has said he would cooperate with a Senate ethics probe into his behavior. She also posted a photo of him with his hands hovering over her breasts as she slept on a military airplane.

The senator is facing other allegations that he groped women.

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