Minnesota's largest newspaper calls on Franken to resign

  • Minnesota's largest newspaper calls on Franken to resign

Minnesota's largest newspaper calls on Franken to resign

Female senators are calling on fellow Democratic Sen. Franken, who was re-elected handily in 2014, has become one of the leading progressive voices in the Senate, and a big fund-raiser given his high profile beyond Washington. Another woman has come forward with accusations against the Minnesota Democrat of sexual misconduct.

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.

The editorial came not long after Franken's office said the senator would be making an announcement on Thursday.

The calls for Franken to resign are a shift from last week when Democratic senators dodged questions by noting that they wanted to wait for an Ethics Committee investigation into his actions. "This morning I spoke with Sen".

In calling for Franken to step down, Sen. Franken, a former "Saturday Night Live" performer who was a host on the now-defunct "Air America" radio network at the time, allegedly followed up by telling her it was his "right as an entertainer".

Their calls came after Politico reported that another woman, which it did not name, alleged that Franken tried to kiss her against her will after a broadcast of the radio show that Franken was hosting in 2006. The first said she was told of the incident soon afterward.

So, yeah, a ton of Democrats have asked for Franken to resign. To achieve lasting change, we will need to fight this everywhere on behalf of everyone by insisting on accountability and working to bring more women into leadership in each industry to fundamentally shift the culture.

The woman, a former Democratic congressional aide, said Franken pursued her as she left the station.

Franken says in his statement that the idea he'd claim such behavior as a right as an entertainer is "preposterous".

Hassan wrote that Franken "has engaged in a pattern of egregious and unacceptable behavior toward women".

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (New York), Patty Murray (Washington), Claire McCaskill (Missouri), Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), Kamala Harris (California), Maggie Hassan (New Hampshire) and Tammy Baldwin (Wisconsin) all issued statements within minutes of each other on Wednesday afternoon.