The tide is turning against embattled Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), who is now facing multiple accusations of sexual misconduct.
Late Wednesday morning, seven female Democratic lawmakers — Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) — called on Franken to leave Congress:
Al Franken should resign.
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) December 6, 2017
Over the past weeks, I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on the moment of reckoning we’re in on this issue of sexual assault and harassment. We have to rise to the occasion, not shrink from it. I’ve written more here: https://t.co/n3DYiGnV0g
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) December 6, 2017
TIME Magazine, by naming ‘The Silence Breakers’ as their ‘People of the Year,’ is recognizing what women have always known: there are men among us who use their positions of power and influence to manipulate, harass, and assault women. What is new here is the women.
— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) December 6, 2017
We are experiencing a change in our culture that is long overdue, and we must continue working to empower all women and do everything we can to prevent sexual harassment, misconduct, and assault.
— Sen. Maggie Hassan (@SenatorHassan) December 6, 2017
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
I’m shocked and appalled by Senator Franken’s behavior. It’s clear to me that this has been a deeply harmful, persistent problem and a clear pattern over a long period of time.
It’s time for him to step aside.
I believe it is best for Senator Franken to resign.— Sen. Tammy Baldwin (@SenatorBaldwin) December 6, 2017
— Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray) December 6, 2017
Murray, it should be noted, is the highest-ranking woman in the U.S. Senate.
In addition, Gillibrand’s decision to call for Franken’s resignation comes one day after she declined to say during Politico’s Women Rule event Tuesday if she felt Franken should step aside. In November, the New York senator said in hindsight former President Bill Clinton should’ve resigned in the 1990s during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
— POLITICO Live (@POLITICOLive) December 5, 2017
After a number of female Democratic senators called for Franken’s resignation, three male lawmakers — Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), and Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) — called on Franken to step down, NBC News reported.
Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, called on Franken to leave Congress, too:
Sen. Al Franken should step down. Everyone must share the responsibility of building a culture of trust and respect for women in every industry and workplace, and that includes our party.— Tom Perez (@TomPerez) December 6, 2017
The shift against Franken, who previously announced he has no intention of leaving Capitol Hill, came just hours after yet another woman, a former Democratic congressional aide, accused the Democrat of trying to forcibly kiss her in 2006.
Franken was elected in 2008.