After Numerous Calls to Step Down, Al Franken to Make an Announcement Tomorrow
Update: It looks like he’s gonna probably resign:
BREAKING: Faced with multiple calls to resign, Democratic Sen. Al Franken's office says he will have an announcement on Thursday.— The Associated Press (@AP) December 6, 2017
Calls for resignations are literally coming by the minute, but as of right this moment, it’s
six 11 Democratic Senators asking for Franken’s resignation, all women: Kirsten Gillebrand, Kamala Harris, Claire McCaskill, Patty Murray, Mazie Hirono, Tammy Baldwin, Maggie Hassan, Sherrod Brown, Joe Donnelly, and Bob Casey.
I don’t see how he makes it to the end of the day. I also don’t know why no Democratic men have yet stepped forward, but I assume they will in short order, or they’re going to start to look real bad.
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.— Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray) December 6, 2017
It’s time for him to step aside.
It is clear that Al Franken has engaged in a pattern of egregious and unacceptable behavior toward women. He should resign.— Sen. Maggie Hassan (@SenatorHassan) December 6, 2017
Today, I am calling on my colleague Al Franken to step aside. I’ve struggled with this decision because he’s been a good Senator and I consider him a friend. But that cannot excuse his behavior and his mistreatment of women. (thread)— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) December 6, 2017
Al Franken should resign.— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) December 6, 2017
As elected officials, we should be held to the highest standards—not the lowest. The allegations against Sen. Franken describe behavior that cannot be tolerated. While he’s entitled to an Ethics Committee hearing, I believe he should step aside to let someone else serve.— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) December 6, 2017
I believe it is best for Senator Franken to resign.— Sen. Tammy Baldwin (@SenatorBaldwin) December 6, 2017
I agree with my colleagues who have stepped forward today and called on Senator Franken to resign. We can’t just believe women when it’s convenient.— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) December 6, 2017